Powered by the Sun: An Introduction to the Solar Energy Industry was written for anyone who wants a basic but informative introduction to the solar energy industry. The focus is entirely on solar energy used to generate electricity so several key topics are covered from government policies and incentives to customer financing as well as the various solar technologies currently in deployment. While the book focuses primarily on solar energy in the United States, it also expands to talk about deployment worldwide and the remarkable growth and potential in developing countries around the world. The advancements in solar energy have contributed to a decentralization of the energy industry so that any entity from the largest corporation down to the individual person has the opportunity to take advantage of this technology and gain more independence from the energy marketplace. Whether you are looking at solar energy as a way to decrease your own carbon footprint or as a way to lower your electric bill, this ebook is a great starting point if you’re curious about this incredible industry.Topics include:A basic overview of how solar energy works for the consumer.The different types of solar technologies and how they are deployed.Solar energy potential and projected growth worldwide.The different ways a solar residential system can be financed as well as the benefits and drawbacks to ownership vs leasing.The different financial incentives provided by the government to help boost the rapid growth in solar energy.The book will serve as a great jumping off point for anyone who is eager to learn more about this rapidly expanding industry.