With the introduction of the Solar Lease, business is booming here at Sungevity, which is all well and good. But we were delighted to learn today that the entire solar industry grew like gangbusters last year, a beacon in an otherwise relentlessly dreary economic climate.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has just released its 2009 Year in Review, and the future looks bright indeed. Here are a few highlights:

decorative sunResidential solar PV installation doubled in 2009, thanks in large measure to new pay-as-you-go financing mechanisms.

decorative sunThe solar industry added 17,000 new U.S. jobs.

decorative sunTotal solar industry revenue increased by 36% to hit nearly $4 billion.

decorative sunSEIA expects 2010 to be even better.  To ensure continued success, SEIA is asking folks to sign the Solar Bill of Rights.

When the price is right, great new technologies hit a tipping point whereby adoption suddenly occurs at an exponential rate.  We’re beginning to see the beginning of this logarithmic curve with residential solar. You can help us race to the tipping point by spreading the gospel of the Solar Lease wherever you go.

–Erica Etelson

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.