Many of us have been squinting up towards the sun this morning watching the solar eclipse. In energy markets, though, solar is eclipsing the competition. Falling costs of solar energy are bringing it close to price parity with dirty fossil fuels.

In the UK the government’s feed-in tariff (FIT) means that the cost of solar panel installation has fallen swiftly. The UK’s FIT scheme, along with an influx of inexpensive solar panels from Chinese manufactures, have made it attractive for UK home-owners and businesses to fit solar panels on their rooves.

This NY Times article is filled with examples of positive, sunny, solar-power breakthroughs worldwide. Starting from last week an US company, Sun Edison, offers British homeowners the option of installing solar on their rooftops for FREE, and with the energy they generate from the panels they can save up to 15% on their electric bills.