Study: US Solar Power up 63% in ’08

Capacity of annual US PV installations, 1999-2008

Capacity of annual US PV installations, 1999-2008

If anyone still doubts that solar is the power of the future (other than oil barons, coal kings and the jokers in Congress), a new report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) might do the trick.

In the 17-page study released this week, author Larry Sherwood has assembled an impressive collection of data proving that (as Sherwood writes), “Solar markets are booming in the United States due to rising energy prices, strong consumer demand, and financial incentives from the federal government, states and utilities.”

Here are some specifics from the IREC report:

  • The capacity of PV installations completed in 2008 grew by 63% compared with installations in 2007, and the average size PV systems is increasing.
  • Installation growth by capacity was largest in the non-residential sector, but the residential sector continues to dominate the number of installations.
  • Many states reported a doubling of PV capacity installed in 2008 compared with 2007.
  • Installations in California, the dominant U.S. market, increased by 95% in 2008.

To find how your state fared — solarly-speaking — check appendix ‘C’ on the report’s last page. (To see that chart only, click here.)

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