Energy

U.S. solar installations doubled in 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “In 2010, the U.S. installed 887 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected PV [solar photovoltaics], 104% growth over the 435 MW installed in 2009. . .  A first-half [of 2011] slowdown in major European markets (most notably Italy and Germany) combined with continued strength in the U.S. has already led most PV manufacturers and developers to seek opportunities in the U.S. market with many in the industry expecting the it to be the largest market in the world within a few years. . . . Grid-connected PV installations in Q2 2011 grew 69% over Q2 2010 and 17% over Q1 2011 to reach 314 MW. Cumulative grid-connected PV in the U.S. has now reached 2.7 gigawatts (GW). For the first time, New Jersey’s non-residential (excluding utility projects) market exceeded California’s, making it the largest non-residential market in the country.”

U.S. Solar Market Insight

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