US Solar Installations Take Global Lead

In terms of solar records, 2013 will go down in history, according to a recently released a solar market insight overview for 2013 from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research.

According to Fierce Energy,  the U.S. installed 930 MW of photovoltaics (PV) — up 20 percent representing the second largest quarter in the history of the U.S. solar market and the largest quarter ever for residential PV installations. Further, 2013 is likely to be the first time in more than 15 years that the U.S. installs more solar capacity than Germany, the current world leader, GTM forecasts.

While CCUSD’s solar installation is one of the few in the region powering schools, it may be a bell-weather for other school districts looking to save money and go green.

Solar is the second-largest source of new electricity capacity in the U.S. in 2013, trailing only natural gas, according to GTM. At the state-level, California continues to lead the solar charge.

“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…,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO. “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.”

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