According to a new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the United States solar power market passed the 20 gigawatts of capacity milestone during the second quarter of this year.
New installations of solar power during the second quarter nationwide totaled nearly 1,400 megawatts.
Overall, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar power panels during the first half of 2015, and is on track for a record-breaking 7.7 gigawatts of new capacity this year.
Colorado’s rankings for solar power are 9, 13, and 11:
- 9th nationwide in terms of overall solar power capacity
- 13th nationwide in terms of the amount of solar power capacity added in 2014, during which Colorado added 67 megawatts of solar power systems
- 11th nationwide in terms of the amount of solar power added during the second quarter of 2015
Colorado installed 18.5 megawatts worth of solar power during the second quarter of this year, up 38 percent from the first quarter and a 68 percent jump over the second quarter of 2014.
At the end of the second quarter, Colorado had a total of 430 megawatts of solar power, which is enough power to support the needs of 82,000 homes.
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