This paper examines the recent past and potential future of photovoltaic (PV) solar in terms of how it has compared with traditional generation and how, even without government subsidies, solar utility scale projects will reach a price per KWh that will be at – or less than – traditional generation, possibly as soon as 2014.

Now is the time for traditional conservative thinking to re-examine the facts about solar energy and explore its potential for not only delivering more efficient and less costly power, but also for creating jobs and opportunities that jump-start economic growth.

This jump-start would be possible because electricity drives almost every part of the economy, and cheap abundant electricity helps keep industry competitive.