These are the top 10 most read solar articles by your peers this week!

#1 NY Times: U.S. Imposes Steep Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

#2 Breaking Energy: Where Does Solar Make Sense? New State Study Shows

#3 Forbes: Trends In Solar: Capital Costs Drop, While Solar Cos Re-invent Themselves

#4 Washington Post: SolarCity hires former Obama strategist to ignite a grass-roots

#5 Bloomberg: Why Elon Musk’s Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company

#6 Venture Beat: 8 surprising energy stats to remember from 2014

#7 24/7 Wall Street: 4 Top Solar Stocks to Buy for 2015 as Installations Remain Strong

#8 Bloomberg: Solar Power Wins South Carolina on Agreement With Duke

#9 Greentech Media: New Tariffs on Chinese Panel Makers Split the US Solar Industry

#10 Solar Industry: New York Raises Net-Metering Caps As Part Of An Energy Initiative

The Top 10 is ranked by the number of SolarWakeup.com readers that clicked on the news article during the previous week.  It is the poll of the most relevant solar news of the week as judged by your colleagues and competitors.

Have a great weekend!

Yann

This is your SolarWakeup for December 19th, 2014

Last night, we held our employee holiday party. Which made me think about 2014 as the year in solar and how much of a junction it really was. Without a list or complete recap, it is clear that 2014 was a huge win in the US and around the world. Looking at growth rates, new capital entrants, additional markets, regulatory victories/attacks, and additional barriers that the industry really took in stride. Let’s look at 2014 in detail some more another time but rejoice in the amazing work the industry did this year!

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Yann

This is your SolarWakeup for December 18th, 2014

The reaction to the tariff expansion from the industry is as expected. If there is a winner that I can think of at first glance it is the NAFTA Countries. Surely some of the manufacturers will move assets to the region to use the agreements to add new capacity to the US marketplace. I think regardless of recent events, those that have been trying to be the provider of last resort will fail to become the provider of only resort.

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Yann

This is your SolarWakeup for December 17th, 2014

Imagine that, the tariffs for solar modules are going up and the scope is expanding. So here we are, trying to drive the cost of solar down while expanding to new markets and we get a fake increase of costs. We have to reiterate that the lead advocate for the tariffs has some potentially skewed motives that we have covered in the past. I am disappointed but not surprised. The parties have shown a lack of capability to get things done. Reason aside, the best in the business figure out a way to execute, but only the best.

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Yann