14 Dec '11, 5am

Record US Solar Quarter at 449 MW Installed

It should be a celebratory time for solar in the U.S. A record-setting third quarter is in the books, with the U.S. installing 449 megawatts of PV, more than the U.S. installed in all of 2009. The total solar installed this year in the U.S. is already over one gigawatt , according to a recent report by SEIA® and GTM Research . The 2010 U.S. total was 887 megawatts. And installations in the fourth quarter are predicted to be an even larger figure. The U.S. solar energy industry continues to be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the American economy in 2011. In total, cumulative grid-connected solar electric installations have reached more than 3 gigawatts -- enough to power nearly 600,000 U.S. homes. The growth in the third quarter of 2011 is due to "utility-scale project completions, a strong residential market, effective policies and the plummeting price of solar panel...

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