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U.S. Solar Market Insight

By the end of 2013 there were nearly 13 GW of solar installed in the U.S.–-enough to power nearly 2.2 million homes. 

Executive Summary
Released March 5, 2014

executive summaryThe U.S. installed 4,751 MW of solar PV in 2013, up 41% over 2012 and nearly fifteen times the amount installed in 2008. Twenty-nine percent of all new electricity generation capacity added this year in the U.S. came from solar--with seven states getting 100% of their new generation from solar.

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The full report includes all the data and analysis from our Executive Summary plus incisive, state-level breakdowns of installations, costs, manufacturing and demand projections.

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Q4 Year End Solar Market Insight Report Overview Webinar (free)


2013 was an historic year for the U.S. solar industry, driven in part by a record level of installations in the fourth quarter. The webinar will touch on the main drivers of this historical growth as well as expectations and challenges for the market in 2014 and beyond.

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Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. AND BOSTON, MA – Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar industry had a record-shattering year in 2013. According to the Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, photovoltaic (PV) installations continued to proliferate, increasing 41% over 2012 to reach 4,751 megawatts (MW). Read more

Fact Sheet

Solar is increasingly affordable. In 2013, the weighted average price of a solar system had fallen 15 percent since 2012. By the end of the year, system prices had fallen 9% in the residential market, 16% in the non-residential market and 14% in the utility more


This infographic ranks the Top 10 Solar States based on solar capacity installed in 2013. It also includes the number of megawatts installed per state, number of houses powered per megawatt of solar added, and fun factoids for each state... check it out

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The U.S. solar market had a strong fourth quarter in what turned out to be another record year for the industry. Help us spread the word that the solar industry is booming! more