California dominates new PV installations in US

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California has installed 521MW of new PV in the last three months, making up a record 53% of all new PV installations in the US for the 2013 second quarter. 

Finlay Colville, vice president at NPD Solarbuzz said California’s installation rate “is a new record for PV added by any state in the US” continuing that California added “1.6GW in the past 12 months, with a further 1.1GW forecast for the second half of the year”.

According to NPD Solarbuzz quarterly data analysis, the US added 978MW of PV in total in the second quarter of 2013. The record new installation rates are a 24% increase from the 788MW installed in the US in the first quarter of 2013.

The quarterly analysis also reveals that 72% of new installations were ground mounted and 28% rooftop. Utility scale projects made up for 59% of installations and 41% residential and commercial.

Demand in the US PV market has been forecast to grow by 14%, with top solar installer states for the next quarter set to be Arizona and North Carolina, with a combined total of 400MW underway. A combined total of 500MW is scheduled for installation in New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas. 

Accounting for 8% of all new solar installations this quarter, North Carolina’s PV market is predicted to grow by 80%, by the end of the year with numerous projects under joint development by Strata Solar and Canadian Solar, to install 85MW in North Carolina.

Leading US module supplies was First Solar, supplying 22% of installations, followed by SunPower with 12%.

Around 44GW of projects remain in the pipeline in the US, with over 2,300 projects generating 50kW or more.

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