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Solar Industry Grew Significantly in 2009

A recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) shows significant growth in overall U.S. solar electric capacity for 2009, with the industry climbing a total of 37%.

SEIA cites residential and utility market demand, declining technology prices, and related policy advances as the primary drivers behind the increase, which includes growth in both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations. According to the report, installed residential grid-tied PV capacity doubled from 78 to 156 megawatts, while three new total utility-scale CSP projects went online, bringing total installed CSP capacity to 432 MW.

Last year the U.S. ranked fourth worldwide in new solar capacity, with California having the highest capacity by state. SEIA is forecasting that capacity growth in 2010 will be even greater.

For more information

Solar Energy Industries Association


Published April 29, 2010

Bragonier, E. (2010, April 29). Solar Industry Grew Significantly in 2009. Retrieved from

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