In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to support efforts to generate 80% of the nation’s electricity from clean sources by 2035. Days before his speech, the U.S. Energy Dept. offered two conditional loan guarantees—one for a solar farm in Arizona, the other for a renewable diesel facility in Louisiana—that will help achieve Obama’s goal and diversify the nation’s fuel mix. Photo: Courtesy Of First Solar Sarnia, Ontario’s 80-MW plant is currently the world’s largest operating PV solar plant. Photo: Courtesy of First Solar First Solar’s 21-MW project in Blythe, Calif. On Jan. 21, DOE awarded
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.