USA will have 28GW of solar installed by end of 2015: SEIA

The continued surge in US solar growth could boost the nation’s accumulated capacity to 28GW by the end of 2015, new research has predicted.

In a recent presentation by America’s Solar Energy Industry Association, strong growth across all markets – residential, commercial, utility-scale PV and CSP – was highlighted. 

In utility-scale, the US has another 36GW of solar in the pipeline, and the residential market, now at just over one million homes, is also expected to surge.

US solar getting stronger

Residential installations were still growing faster that commercial and industrial installations, though, with the SEIA predicting 18 per cent growth in 2015 and a new installation every 2.5 minutes.

In 2014, 36 per cent of all electricity capacity was solar. But by 2016, it will still account for 1.6 per cent of the total generation mix.

US solar growth in all segments

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Giles Parkinson