Record installations make US strongest PV market outside Asia Pacific


New solar PV installations in the United States reached a record 4.2 GW in 2013, making it the leading solar market outside the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz North America PV Markets Quarterly report. The U.S. market has grown 15% since 2012.

Solar PV installed in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2013 also reached a new record high of approximately 1.4 GW.

"Each year, the final quarter in the United States results in a new quarterly record for solar PV installed," said Michael Barker, senior analyst at NPD Solarbuzz. "The solar PV industry in the United States is, on average, now installing more than one gigawatt of solar PV each quarter."

Large-scale projects dominated the U.S. market during 2013, accounting for more than 80% of new solar capacity deployed. The ground-mount segment, which includes most of the utility solar PV installed, reached almost 3 GW in 2013 with more than 1 GW in the fourth quarter alone, according the report.

The large rooftop market exceeded 500 MW — similar to levels seen over the past few years, NPD Solarbuzz added.

The small-scale solar segment, comprised of residential and small non-residential rooftops, accounted for some 700 MW in 2013, an increase of 10% compared to 2012. The residential segment accounted for more than three quarters of small-scale demand.

California was again the leading U.S. state for installed solar PV in 2013. However, North Carolina jumped to second place due to strong utility-scale activity, overtaking both Arizona and New Jersey in the rankings. New Mexico and New York were new entrants, displacing Maryland and Colorado from the list.

The top ten leading U.S. states for installed solar PV in 2013:

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  1. California
  2. North Carolina
  3. Arizona
  4. New Jersey
  5. Texas
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Hawaii
  8. New Mexico
  9. Nevada
  10. New York

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