U.S. solar power installations speed up in 2Q 2013

The U.S. installed 832 MW of solar power in the second quarter of 2013, according to a report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

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.

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