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U.S. Solar Market Grows 95 Percent in 2016, Shatters Records

It’s no surprise that the U.S. solar sector broke records in 2016 – analysts long expected it to be a boom year, but newly released data highlights just how wildly successful the market was. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research previewed the data in advance of their upcoming U.S. Solar Market Insight […]

U.S. Solar Poised for ‘Unprecedented’ Growth Spurt this Year

Growing 43 percent year-over-year, the U.S. saw 2,051 MW of solar photovoltaic power installed in the second quarter of this year – marking the 11th consecutive quarter in which more than 1 GW of PV was installed, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report. The […]

How PURPA Helped Boost Utility-Scale Solar In North Carolina

North Carolina surpassed states with more favorable solar resources to become the state with the second-highest amount of installed utility-scale solar PV capacity owned by independent power producers in 2015, behind only California, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA says the growth of utility-scale solar projects – […]

U.S. Solar Sets Out on Path to Record-Shattering Year

In the first quarter of this year (Q1’16), 1,665 MW of solar PV were installed in the U.S., with the solar industry adding more new capacity during this period than did the coal, natural gas and nuclear sectors combined, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q2 […]

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U.S. Solar Reaches Major Milestone: 1 Million Installations!

The U.S. is now officially home to at least 1 million solar installations. According to a report issued by the George Washington Solar Institute, those million solar systems nationwide provide enough electricity to power the entire state of Pennsylvania and have cut enough carbon to equal all of Oregon’s emissions. The Solar Energy Industries Association […]

9 Solar Myths Debunked

One of our challenges is overcoming the many myths surrounding solar, and renewables as a whole. Here are some of the common misconceptions about solar and what the truth actually is. 1. SOLAR CAN’T DO MUCH TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE. Since fossil fuels have been our primary source of energy for the past 150 years, […]

North Carolina, Georgia Growing New Crop of Solar Farms

The Southeast may be better known at times for its resistance to solar power than for its embrace of clean energy, but solar is beginning to quickly take hold in the region. Though most utility-scale solar power is produced in California and Arizona, large solar power installations are catching on quickly in North Carolina and Georgia. There, utility scale […]

ITC Extension Means the Sun Won’t Set On Solar Industry

Christmas came early for America’s solar industry this week when Congress agreed to a budget deal extending the investment tax credit (ITC) an incredible five years. On Friday, the House passed a $1.15 trillion spending bill that included the ITC extension, and the Senate followed suit. The legislation will next land on the desk of […]

Community Solar Drops Barriers for Energy Providers and Consumers

By Chris Black, Solar Industry Magazine Many utility customers draw power from large-scale solar farms – a great sign that renewables are reaching the masses. But there’s a problem with this arrangement, too. These customers don’t have any control of, or personal connection to, their solar use. They likely don’t even know that any of […]

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