Not so sunny on solar

Just finished up at the IPC Executive Summit meeting. The last speaker I saw talked about the solar market – Paula Mints from Navigant Consulting. She was pretty surprised that our “big industry” would be interesting in solar equipment – the whole market is $20 billion. She also said that those attracted by the growth rates were in for a surprise as the entire industry is incentive-driven and growth is completely deteremined by government programs to support solar. She said that Germany had a big run up but the government had curtailed funding and it basically would crash the market. Very thought provoking.

During the meeting, I experimented with some “twitter streaming.” To see some more stats and figures, see our Twitter feed at

Lots of information on medical and military and forecasts for upturns in 2010 and 2011. We’ll have more info in the November IPC member newsletter, Intouch.

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