TRENTON, NJ— The New Jersey solar market hit a new milestone this week when it eclipsed the 1 gigawatt (GW) mark for total installed solar electric capacity. This is enough solar electricity to power 139,000 homes.
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Solar panel installations in the U.S. grew 76 percent in 2012 as the cost of panels and the surrounding equipment continued to fall, according to an annual report by a solar trade group.
U.S. solar panel installations grew 76 percent in 2012 to 3.3 gigawatts, representing a tenth of the global market, led by large-scale projects in the desert southwest, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Partly driven by an oversupply of cheaper panels from China, the domestic solar market had its best year in 2012, with the growth in installations outpacing that of the global market, according to an annual report to be released Thursday.
U.S. Solar Market Grows 76% in 2012; Now an Increasingly-Competitive Energy Source for Millions of Americans Today
Added Record 3.3 Gigawatts of Capacity, Enough New Capacity to Power More Than 500,000 Homes
SolarWorld on Monday said it plans to invest $27 million in its Hillsboro factory with upgrades aimed at improving the performance of its solar panels.
The Clean Energy Collective and Martifer Solar are partnering on more than 1 MW of community-owned solar garden projects. This is the beginning of a pipeline of more than 5 MW to be built in 2012.
Solar power has returned to the Gainesville Regional Airport after more than 25 years.
Airport officials held a “flip-the-switch” ceremony Tuesday morning to mark the new 292-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array on top of the passenger terminal building and rental car wash facility. The array is expected to generate about 22 percent of the terminal's energy.
Suntech Power Holdings Co., the world's largest producer of solar panels, has delivered more than one gigawatt of solar panels to customers throughout North and South America. The milestone was passed in July 2012, distinguishing Suntech as one of the first global solar companies with a one gigawatt track record in the region.
The U.S. Army is surging forward in its push for green energy. Today (August 7) the Army held a media roundtable discussing its plans to issue request for proposals (RFP) for a multi-award task order contract (MATOC) for 1 gigawatt of renewable and alternative energy within the next 30 days. It plans to close the RFP roughly 30 days after that.