Report: U.S. Installs Nearly 7.3 GW of Solar PV in 2015

 Report: U.S. Installs Nearly 7.3 GW of Solar PV in 2015

The U.S. solar industry set a new installation record for 2015 of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across the country, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
 
The latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, to be fully released March 9, states the U.S. installed 7,286 MW of solar PV projects last year. The report said solar installations beat out natural gas capacity additions, with solar supplying 29.5 percent of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in 2015.
 
California led all states in yearly PV installations with a year-over-year growth rate of 17 percent, followed by North Carolina, Nevada, Massachusetts and New York. Last year, 13 states installed more than 100 MW each, including Utah, which jumped in ranking from 23rd in 2014 to 7th in 2015, and Georgia, which moved from 16th to 8th.
 
The utility-scale solar sector increased 6 percent year-over-year and represented more than half of all solar PV installed in 2015. Cumulative solar PV installations topped 25 GW.   



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