US solar installations up 20%
The U.S. solar market is growing and expanding into new emerging state markets, with 7.3 GWs of solar power interconnected in 2018. This marks a 20.1% increase in total capacity over 2017. The finding is part of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)’s new report, the 2019 Utility Solar Market Snapshot.
Included in the growth is an expansion beyond the traditional powerhouse markets like California, with Florida, Washington, and Rhode Island experiencing year-over-year growth rates of 311.9%, 150.2% and 344.1%, respectively.
Among other findings, 20 states and the District of Columbia have community solar policies in place. 2018 was the largest year for corporate renewable procurements, with 75 companies procuring a total of 6.5 GW, compared to 50 companies and 4.5 GW added in 2016 and 2017 combined. For their part, utilities have indicated a strong preference for utility-managed programs over third party-managed programs.