2013 was a record-breaking year for US solar

2013 is set to be a record-breaking year for solar power in the US. We at Community Renewable Energy celebrate this progress and look forward to another record-breaking year in 2014!

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the US is poised to install more solar power in 2013 than Germany, which normally dominates renewable progress worldwide.

In the third quarter of 2013, the US installed 930 megawatts of solar power. That’s the second-largest quarter in US history! Residential installations also broke records in the third quarter.

Key findings (text via Green Tech Media my emphasis):

  • PV installations reached 930 megawatts in Q3 2013, up 20 percent over Q2 2013. This represents the second-largest quarter for solar installations in U.S. history
  • The utility solar sector represented more than half of new PV capacity installed, but the residential market also showed impressive growth with 12 percent expansion over Q2
  • The non-residential market remains flat; however, we anticipate a strong resumption of growth in 2014
  • 2013 may be the first year in recent history in which the U.S. installs more solar capacity than Germany
  • Blended average PV system prices fell 4.2 percent in Q3 2013, reaching a new low of $3.00 per watt
  • We forecast that the U.S. will install 4.3 gigawatts of new PV in 2013, up 27 percent over 2012
  • The 392 megawatts Ivanpah CSP project is scheduled to begin delivering electricity to the grid before the end of 2013

The top 10 states for installations over the past three years include:

  • CaliforniaCommunity Renewable Energy
  • Arizona
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Massachusetts
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Texas
  • New York

Without a doubt, 2013 will go down as a record-shattering year for the U.S. solar industry. We’ve now joined Germany, China and Japan as worldwide leaders when it comes to the installation of new solar capacity. This unprecedented growth is helping to create thousands of American jobs, save money for U.S. consumers, reduce pollution nationwide and lessen our dangerous dependence on often-unstable foreign energy supplies. When it comes to preparing for America’s future, clean, dependable and affordable solar energy has become ‘The Little Engine That Could,’ defying expectations and powering economic growth — and frankly, we’re just scratching the surface of our industry’s enormous potential.

–Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA

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