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U.S. Solar Market Insight: By the end of 2013 there were nearly 13 GW of solar installed in the U.S.–-enough to power nearly 2.2 million homes.

March 12, 2014 Comments off

U.S. Solar Market Insight: By the end of 2013 there were nearly 13 GW of solar installed in the U.S.–-enough to power nearly 2.2 million homes
Source: Solar Energy Industries Association

The U.S. installed 4,751 MW of solar PV in 2013, up 41% over 2012 and nearly fifteen times the amount installed in 2008. Twenty-nine percent of all new electricity generation capacity added this year in the U.S. came from solar–with seven states getting 100% of their new generation from solar.

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U.S. Solar Industry Was Net Global Exporter by $1.9B in 2010

September 2, 2011 Comments off

U.S. Solar Industry Was Net Global Exporter by $1.9B in 2010
Source: Solar Energy Industries Association

A new report shows that the U.S. is central to the global solar supply chain. In 2010, U.S. solar firms achieved a positive trade flow of $1.9 billion globally according to SEIA® and GTM Research’s U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011. Photovoltaic (PV) components accounted for more than 99 percent of the year’s exports, with solar heating and cooling (SHC) claiming the remainder of the positive balance.

For the U.S. PV manufacturing industry, 2010 was a record year. Exports totaled more than $5.6 billion, with PV polysilicon feedstock and capital equipment leading all components at $2.5 billion and $1.4 billion respectively. The leading destinations for U.S.-sourced PV components were China and Germany. Meanwhile, U.S. imports of PV products totaled $3.7 billion, the majority of which ($2.4 billion) came from procurement of modules assembled overseas. China and Mexico were the top two sources of PV goods headed to the U.S. in 2010.

Furthermore, the U.S. was a net exporter of solar products to China last year by more than $240 million. The U.S. primarily sold capital equipment and PV polysilicon to China, while China primarily sold PV modules to the U.S.

+ U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011 (PDF)

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