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U.S. solar growth blows away previous records

The U.S. solar market nearly doubled its electricity-generating capacity last year, as 14.6 megawatts (MW) of new photovoltaic capacity was installed throughout the country.

There was a 95% increase in new solar installations over the previous year, when 7.5MW were installed, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The complete report — titled “U.S. Solar Market Insight, 2016 Year in Review” — is due to be released on March 9. 

solar energy share chart GTM Research/SEIA

The share of new energy capacity for 2016

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