The United States and the Solar Industry

a guest post by Bob Haughton, Vice President of Business Development at ONTILITY

2013 was another record year for the U.S. Solar Industry. There were 4,751 MW of new photovoltaic capacity installed ins 2013, representing a 41 percent increase in deployments over installation levels in 2012.

2013 was another record year for the U.S. Solar Industry. There were 4,751 MW of new photovoltaic capacity installed in 2013, representing a 41 percent increase in deployments over installation levels in 2012. According the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar accounted for 20 percent increase of all new electricity generation capacity added in 2013, up from just 10 percent in 2012, which made solar the second largest source of new electricity generating capacity behind natural gas. The record year was driven in part by historical growth in the fourth quarter, as 2,106 MW came online in Q4 alone.

Projections for 2014 are expected to be even better, according to industry experts with close to 6,000 MW of PV forecasted to come online throughout this year, which represents a 26% growth over 2013’s record installation totals. In addition, 2014 is expected to be a record year for solar generation as 840 MW are expected to be commissioned by year’s end. Together, new solar electric capacity projected to be added in 2014 will generate enough clean energy to power over 1.13 million average American homes.

State by state growth is impressive as well. As it breaks down, here are the leaders by state:

  1. California – 2,621 MW
  2. Arizona – 421 MW
  3. North Carolina – 335 MW
  4. Massachusetts- 237 MW
  5. New Jersey – 236 MW
  6. Hawaii – 146 MW
  7. Georgia – 91 MW
  8. Texas – 75 MW
  9. New York – 69 MW
  10. Colorado – 56 MW

Interesting facts

  • In California, half of all solar capacity ever added in CA was installed in 2013.
  • Arizona, in 2014 the use of solar in the state will save enough water to fill 25,000 swimming pools.
  • The solar installed at data centers in North Carolina produces enough electricity to power over 213,000 computers.
  • There are 47 solar panels in Massachusetts for every seat at Fenway Park
  • New Jersey, along with 6 other states, got 100% of their new electrical capacity from solar
  • As of 2013, more than 1 in 9 homes in Hawaii have installed solar.
  • Georgia is the fastest growing solar market in the nation.
  • There is enough solar potential in Texas to power the world TWICE over.
  • There are more solar installation in New York State than taxi cabs in New York City

The increasing value of solar installations have also injected life into the U.S economy. In 2013, solar electric installations were valued at $13.7 billion, compared to $11.5 billion in 2012 and $8.6 billion in 2011.

Bob Haughton Bob is responsible for multiple disciplines relating to overall company growth but focuses on leading the large scale national distributor accounts marketing effort as well as leveraging installation/distribution marketing and procurement of large scale projects nationwide. Prior to Ontility, Bob was President of Renewable Energy Resource Associates as well as Regional General Manager over the South Texas/State of Louisiana region for Standard Renewable Energy/Gridpoint. Bob received a BA in Architecture from the University of Houston and is a State of Texas and Nationally certified Registered Building Designer.
 

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