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Solar panels had another rockin’ quarter in the U.S., breaking records left and right, according to a new report.

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The largest number of American homes in history had solar panels installed on their rooftops in the third quarter of this year, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industry Association and GTM Research. That record quarter delivered 31,000 new solar panel home installations, and means that the amount of solar panels installed on residential homes rose by 49 percent from the year earlier.

Austin's 's Pecan Street Project. Photo courtesy of Pecan Street Inc.

Austin’s ‘s Pecan Street Project. Photo courtesy of Pecan Street Inc.

Many of the individual solar panels installed in the U.S. are for projects owned by utilities and companies, not homeowners. For the third quarter it was no different. Together, between homes, companies and utilities, there were 930 MW worth of panels installed in the quarter (186 MW just for homes), and that represents the second largest quarter for U.S. solar panel installations ever.

The amount of solar panels installed in the U.S. this year could be large enough to surpass the amount installed in Germany — long the world solar leader — for the first time ever in 15 years. That’s also a reflection of the mature solar market that’s emerged in Germany. By the end of 2013, there could be 400,000 individual solar projects total in the U.S., and more than 10 GW worth of solar power capacity. The top state markets for solar panels are California, Arizona, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Nevada.

  1. greenisthenewblack Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    Awesome! A long waited shift in the energy sector. Hopefully more people will look at solar as a viable alternative. The costs have come down significantly over the years. And plug-in products like Solar Liberator makes it just that much easier to adopt to solar. More consumer friendly low cost options are available now more than ever. We need to put more into R&D on solar too. This is our future, the earlier we adopt the better. So good to see the changes taking place.

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  2. Bob Terwilliger Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    Of the 186MW of residential solar installed, how many MW were subsidized by the government?

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  3. In green energy the fuel is free, delivered free. Use it to the max.

    No other electrical power generation makes the effort to store excess / back up power in electrical form for demand use.

    The industry pushes batteries. Batteries are not the right path to be taking.

    Produce 24/7 the maximum power possible from wind and solar PV and other forms, and channel the excess power into producing fuel, Hydrogen or other forms.

    Use that store of fuel to produce power on demand. Focus on reducing the cost of producing that fuel to make the process financially viable for the home owner and everyone else. The fuel supply can be used for other demands when the technology exceeds the demands from electrical production. The market will find a use for that fuel it in any event.

    Renting PV Solar makes about as much sense as Rent-a-center rent to own. The profits go to the owner of the panels and you have nothing to show for your years of paying. You might just as well pay the power company and avoid the hassle.

    Distributed power production provides the option to become self sufficient. The power generation industry doesn’t want that.

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  4. The German conservative and liberal party pushed renewables in the corner. Now the US will soon install more PV systems than Germany, the country where it all started. Therefopre the new German governement is planning to go back to coal as a main resource for power. Isn´t that gracy!

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