Solar Electricity

Solar Electricity Across America

The third quarter of 2013, the most recent data available, was the second largest solar installation quarter on record in America.  A 35% increase over the third quarter of 2012 was achieved with 930 MW installed. The residential segment saw 186 MW come online.

Solar ElectricityThe falling costs of panels continue to be a driving factor in the growth of solar electricity.  The average cost of a completed PV system is 16% less than the previous year. It now stands at $3.00/W.

Texas’ cost of all PV systems is $5.83/W, which is 9th lowest in the country. In comparison, Ohio is the most expensive state in America, with an average cost of $10.09/W. In California, the nation’s leader in terms of capacity and total number of installs, the average cost is $7.08/W.

Because of the enormous growth in manufacturing capacity in Asia, the average price of a solar panel has declined 60% since the beginning of 2011. These lower prices combined with a favorable regulatory environment and increased demand will likely mean more record growth in years to come. By the end of 2013, 4,300 MW of PV were forecasted to come online, a 27% growth over 2012.

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