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U.S. Solar Market Insight


For 8th Straight Quarter, U.S. Solar Industry Installs More Than 2 GW of Capacity

Updated December 14, 2017

The U.S. installed 2,031 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in Q3 2017 to reach 49.3 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, enough to power 9.5 million American homes. This represents a 51% decline over a record-breaking 2016. The industry is poised to install nearly 12 GW of solar capacity before the end of the year.

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Press Release

BOSTON Mass. and WASHINGTON D.C. (December 14, 2017) — The U.S. installed more than 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the third quarter of 2017, despite experiencing higher prices across all market segments and major policy uncertainty. In their latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said prices rose due to a tight global supply of modules and uncertainty around the Section 201 trade case now being weighed at the White House.

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