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September 13, 2013

Progress Report Shows More Americans Going Solar

SolarThis week, the Solar Energy Industries Association recently released its Solar Market insight report for the second quarter of 2013. The report shows huge increases in solar energy across the United States -- in fact this was solar’s second best quarter yet.

Homes and businesses across the country are adding solar power to generate their energy, cutting the climate-disrupting carbon emissions that would result from conventional energy sources like oil, gas and coal.

The report showed that in recent months the U.S installed 832 megawatts of solar power, representing  fifteen percent growth over the first quarter of the year. Solar is booming with a new solar project being installed every four minutes on average and our nation’s global share of solar has more than doubled since 2008

And there is more to come later this year: looking at the U.S. solar market on the whole, the report shows that cumulative solar PV capacity will surpass 10 gigawatts by the end of 2013. Due to a stronger-than-expected market in second quarter and ongoing expansion of the solar industry, expectations for 2013 remain high as installation are projected to grow while prices fall.

Is your state one of the top ten solar states in the country? Check the list: California, Arizona, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Colorado, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

The number one state, California, saw the strongest solar second quarter in their state’s history, with installations on homes up 78% and other installations up 26 percent.

The trends are encouraging and the opportunity for more growth is abundant. Learn more about how you can help keep the growth going by going solar here.

--Lauren Lantry, Media Team Intern

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