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2016 was US solar's biggest year to date with record-breaking 95% growth
by Danielle Ola

PV Tech    Translate This Article
15 February 2017

On 15 February 2017 PV Tech reported: In 2016, the US solar market nearly doubled its annual record, installing 14,626MW [megawatts] of solar PV [photovoltaic systems]. This represents a whopping 95% growth increase over 2015's cumulative 7,493MW, according to latest figures from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Last year was a record-breaking year for US solar on many counts; as it ranked as the number one source of new electric generation capacity additions on an annual basis for the first time ever in 2016. Solar accounted for 39% of new capacity additions across all fuels sources. 'What these numbers tell you is that the solar industry is a force to be reckoned with,' said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA's president and CEO. '. . . More than 260,000 Americans [are] now employed in solar.' Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of business, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

'In a banner year for US solar, a record 22 states each added more than 100MW,' said Cory Honeyman, GTM Research's associate director of US solar research and lead report author. 'While US solar grew across all segments, what stands out is the double digit gigawatt boom in utility-scale solar, primarily due to solar's cost competitiveness with natural gas alternatives.'

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