U.S. solar use growing despite manufacturing woes

A burst of new solar technology will help the United States cut its reliance on fossil fuels, but experts say the country is losing its edge in manufacturing the panels, reported Reuters on Friday.
Technological breakthroughs have sharply cut the cost of producing electricity from solar energy since the 1980s, with interest in the clean power source rising in the midst of a spike in fossil fuel costs and worries over climate change.
"In the last 20 years, the cost of solar has come down almost 90%. That is occurring due to improvements in technology and scale of manufacturing," Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, told Reuters during an industry conference this week.
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