Solar energy in the U.S. breaks another record

Growth and Opportunity Shines on the U.S. Solar Energy Industry in 2010

Dear Readers,

In case you haven’t already heard, the American solar energy industry broke another record in 2010, installing enough new solar electric capacity to power almost 200,000 homes. This more than doubles our record year in 2009. In addition, more than 65,000 solar water and pool heating systems were installed across the country in 2010. All told, the industry grew by 67 percent from $3.6 billion in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010.

The free executive summary of the 2010 Solar Market Insight: Year in Review from SEIA® and GTM Research details the growth of the U.S. solar industry, whether you’re interested in photovoltaic (PV) systems on rooftops, CSP plants in the desert, or solar water heating on businesses. We now release a quarterly version of this report, so be sure to check back for the latest solar market information.

You may be surprised to learn that the solar industry is growing fastest in states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Sixteen states installed more than 10 megawatts of PV in 2010, up from only four in 2007. California is still a big market, but Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida, Texas and others are catching up.

Thank you for advocating for solar in 2010. Your phone calls, emails and letters worked to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill like never before. We could not have accomplished all we did without you. Keep checking your email – with your help, we can make 2011 another blue ribbon year for solar energy!

Tom Kimbis
Director of Policy & Research, SEIA

See SEIA Statement on Report Highlights
Read Executive Summary
Learn more about the Full Report

P.S. See our new 60-second Public Service Announcement on the benefits of solar energy. It’s already been broadcast more than 250 times across the nation!

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