Three Decades of Solar Energy Growth in the US

An alumnus of City College of New York and New York Medical College, Peter “Pete” Killcommons, MD, is the CEO of Medweb, a medical software and device company based in San Francisco. Outside of running the company’s radiology and telemedicine operations, Dr. Peter Killcommons has a keen interest in solar power adoption in America.

According to estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), solar energy consumption in the country grew from 0.06 trillion British thermal units (Btu) in 1984 to 1,044 trillion Btu in 2019. In addition, solar energy generation grew from 5 million kWh in 1984 to 107,057 million kWh in 2019. Of this, 64 percent was utility-scale PV power plants and 33 percent small scale PV systems producing less than 1 MW of power.

The amount of solar energy the earth receives every day is many multiples higher than the amount of energy humans consume each day. However, solar radiation is not available at all times of the day. In addition, clouds, pollution, and dust can lower the amount of solar radiation that reaches the surface of the earth. Generally, arid areas in lower latitudes (in the Northern Hemisphere) tend to receive the highest solar energy per day. In the US, these are southwestern states like California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Other states that receive plenty of sunshine are Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Texas.

Not surprisingly, some of these states lead the country in solar power generation. California had the highest utility scale solar electricity generation in 2019, producing 28.62 billion kWh, followed by North Carolina with 7.292 billion kWh and Arizona with 5.109 billion kWh. With regard to small-scale solar PV electricity generation, California was also the highest producer with 15.181 billion kWh, followed by Arizona at 2.574 billion kWh and New Jersey with 2.202 billion kWh. In addition to a region’s solar power potential, state incentives for solar energy usage also encourage adoption.

Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh

Dr. Peter Killcommons is a medical doctor and a business professional who currently serves as chief executive officer of the San Francisco, California, medical imaging, teleradiology, and telemedicine company Medweb. Outside of the professional arena, he is an amateur pilot who belongs to several different flying clubs and aviation organizations. As a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Pete Killcommons helps support the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and other annual events.

Since its establishment in 1953, the EAA has grown to support more than 180,000 aviation enthusiasts who are passionate about recreational flying. Billed as “the world’s greatest aviation celebration,” AirVenture Oshkosh gathers more than 500,000 EAA members and likeminded individuals for seven days of aerobatic displays, hands-on workshops, and an array of aircraft from all eras of modern aviation. The event is held on a yearly basis in the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

After the sun goes down and the planes are grounded, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh offers a range of live musical concerts and Hollywood films that are projected on a giant outdoor screen. The event also features a nightly Theater in the Woods that presents special aviation programs that cover a variety of topics.

Mebweb – Delivering Web-Enabled Medical Solutions

Based in San Francisco, Peter Killcommons, MD, has a passion for working for the betterment of people all over the world. In support of this mission, he has visited countries on several continents to provide medical care to people in need. Peter (Pete) Killcommons, MD, is also the founder and the CEO of Mebweb Inc.

Since its establishment more than 20 years ago, Medweb has specialized in the supply of web-enabled telemedicine and teleradiology solutions. More than 1,000 of these devices have been installed all over the world, including at military facilities and on Tristan da Cunha, considered the world’s most remote inhabited island. All of Medweb’s equipment is designed to operate under less than ideal circumstances, such as when electricity or Internet connectivity is lost.

Mebweb owns various patents, including a significant one in web-based medicine. Apart from delivering medical equipment, Mebweb offers emergency management consulting for clients during disasters and a variety of other situations.

M-Health Use Poised for Continued Growth


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Based in San Francisco, Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the inventor of a Web-based radiology viewer and chief executive officer of Medweb. During a recent trip to Japan, Peter Killcommons worked to expand the use of m-health (mobile health) technology for in-home care of the elderly.

M-health refers to the use of mobile devices and wireless technology in health care. It has been used to educate users about preventive health care services in areas without adequate health care but large populations and good cellular coverage. It is also used for disease management and tracking epidemic outbreaks.

Patients can receive or transmit text or voice messages from health care agencies, and health care providers can receive timely data and collaborate with others.

Wearable devices such as Fitbit and smart watches are another trend in m-health. These devices can monitor a patient’s vital signs and thus avoid costly hospital admissions. They also come with apps that, when combined with telehealth services, are useful in preventing health risks.

Though already popular, the adoption of wearable devices is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 35 percent between 2016 and 2021 and reach over $60 billion. The primary drivers behind this increase are aging populations, the focus on reducing health care costs, and the availability of wireless data coverage.