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For the Sixth Straight Quarter, Solar Industry Adds More Than 2 GW of Solar Capacity in Q1 2017

Updated June 8, 2017

executive summaryThe U.S. installed 2,044 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in Q1 2017 to reach 44.7 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, enough to power 8.7 million American homes. Growth in Q1 was driven by a fourth-straight quarter of more than 1 GW growth in the utility-scale sector, and we project that the industry will nearly triple over the next five years, surpassing 100 GW nationwide. 

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executive summaryBOSTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following rapid growth across the industry in 2016, the United States solar market added 2,044 megawatts of new capacity in the first quarter of 2017. As installations grow, prices continue to fall to new lows, with utility-scale system prices dropping below the $1 per watt barrier for the first time, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report.

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