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California Leads As US Installed 10.6 Gigawatts Solar Power In 2018

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Mar 14, 2019 4:32 PM 1+ week ago

As is usual, California was once again the leader in new capacity, installing over 3.3 GW. Next in line were Texas and North Carolina, which installed some 996 MW and 907 MW, respectively.

The 10.6 GW in new capacity for 2018, however, is slightly lower compared to that for 2017 but the PV industry expects the market to rebound in the years ahead, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2018 Year-in-Review Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

"The solar industry experienced growing pains in 2018, in large part due to the unnecessary tariffs that were imposed on solar cells and modules, but this report still finds significant reason for optimism," said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper.

"The total amount of solar installed in America is on track to more than double in the next five years, proving solar's resiliency and its economic strength," she said.

The report said the residential sector rebounded to a 7 percent growth in 2018 ...

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