The report, called the “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2nd Quarter 2013,” says the 2nd quarter was the solar industry’s second best quarter ever, and represented a 15 percent growth over the first quarter.
The utility sector completed 38 photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 452 MW, a 42 percent increase over the previous quarter. The residential sector, however, experienced a flat quarter, according to Power Engineering.
Installations in the state of California increased 7 percent over the first quarter despite the end of some incentives in some states.
The report forecasts more than 5 GW of PV and concentrating solar power will be installed by the end of 2013, pushing the amount of cumulative PV capacity past the 10 GW mark.