The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.
Untitled Document

Q2 Report: U.S. Solar Capacity Maintains Growth

The American solar market remains on pace to double last year's installed capacity by the end of 2011 behind large gains in the utility and commercial markets.

According to a report released Tuesday by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. remains poised to install 1,750 megawatts of PV in 2011. The PV market bolstered the second quarter numbers with 314 megawatts of new capacity, a 69 percent rise over the same period last year and a 17 percent jump over the first quarter of 2011.

The utility market saw 37 percent growth in the second quarter while the commercial market increased 22 percent. The residential market fell 5.7 percent, its second straight quarterly drop. The report predicts the residential market will expand in the second half of next year and throughout 2012 as solar-leasing business models spread nationwide.

The spike in installations has coincided with this summer’s widely reported difficulties in domestic manufacturing. A slowdown in global demand led U.S. module production to fall 11 percent from the first quarter to 333 MW.

GTM Research Managing Director Shayle Kann said the potential expiration of the 1603 Treasury program could slow installation growth in 2012. And he pointed to markets in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as areas that may struggle to achieve growth. Still, he says the emergence of large-scale solar should help the U.S. triple its share of global installations over the next four years.

Other key findings include:

  • Cumulative grid-connected PV in the U.S. has now reached 2.7 gigawatts.
  • For the first time, New Jersey's commercial market exceeded California's, making it the largest commercial market in the country.
  • Six states installed more than 10 MW each in the second quarter, compared to only three states in all of 2007.
  • Weaker-than-expected global demand conditions also led to a price decline in Q2, with wafer and cell prices each dropping 25 percent and module prices falling 12 percent on the quarter.
  • In total, more than 600 MW of CSP and CPV are now under construction in the U.S.
Untitled Document

Get All the Renewable Energy World News Delivered to Your Inbox - FREE!

Subscribe to Renewable Energy World Magazine and our award-winning e-Newsletter to stay up to date on current news and industry trends.

 Subscribe Now



Evaluating the Case for Module-Level Shutdown

Hannes Knopf With 2014 NEC adoption in full swing, many are anticipating what the next version of the code will hold for the PV in...

A Case Study in Energy-Transition Momentum

Tim King South Australia is clearly at the forefront of the global energy transition as it establishes a fast-moving model oth...

Listen Up: Can I Get Solar if my Roof is Shaded?

The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World Rooftop solar panels only work when they are in direct sunlight. So if you have a partially shaded roof, the output o...

US Senate Democrats Unveil Energy Bill That Restores PTC and Extends ITC

Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Senate Democrats unveiled a bill that would provide more tax credits for renewable energy while killing some tax ince...


Fronius Shifting the Limits in Solar-Plus: It’s not just about products, it’s about solutions.

Fronius USA, who just recently launched the all-new Fronius SnapINverter line this past...

IREC Announces Changes in Regulatory Team

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a not-for-profit organization which for...

IREC Awarded New Funding to Advance Digital Credentials

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) proudly announces funding for an innovat...

$100 Discount on 5-day Advanced PV Project Experience Workhop

Upcoming 5-day Workshops: Nov. 7 - 11 Feb. 6 - 10


NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges to Create Carbon Market use Solar, Wind to reduce Climate Change

This week former Vice President Al Gore joined with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to sign the Under 2 MOU, a directi...
clean energy

In Clean Energy, The Truth Matters

A group of about 20 protesters gathered outside the Sheraton in Burlington, Vt., early on Oct. 8 as attendees arrived...

Industry Focus: Cleantech: 1366 Technologies joins Solarcity in New York

1366 is set to build a factory just up the road (OK, it is a long road – NYS Thruway) from Solarcity.  The...


Renewable Energy World's network editors help deliver the most comprehensive news coverage of the renewable energy industries. Based in the U.S. and the UK, the team is comprised of editors from Pennwell Corporation's myriad of publications that ...


Volume 18, Issue 4


To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:


Tweet the Editors! @jennrunyon



Successfully Integrating Solar: A Proactive Approach

•      What does the increasing solar penetrati...

Solar Power Asset Management and Performance

SEIA and SEPA collaborated with industry leaders to present the first ev...

Solar Power Northeast

  From the team that produced Solar Power Southeast and the sol...


Fast facts: 4 things you need to know about the state of solar fina...

Fast facts: 4 things you need to know about the state of solar financing...

10 Questions You Should Be Asking

Tony Robbins is fond of saying that the quality of your life is directly...

Join us at the New Solar Power Northeast

From the team that produced Solar Power Southeast and the sold out P...


Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now