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U.S. 2010 Solar Electricity Production to Top 1 Gigawatt - Double 2009 Production

November 17, 2010 ( - The U.S. solar industry is on track to double the amount of power it generates by year's end, according to a report published by SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association).

The report states that solar power could reach a major milestone in the United States this year by generating more than one gigawatt of electricity -- enough to power 200,000 homes. The research projects the 2010 total will fall between 944 megawatts and 1.13 gigawatts, up from 441 megawatts in 2009

According to Rhone Resch, SEIA's President and CEO, "Solar energy is now the fastest growing energy source in the United States."

California and New Jersey Lead

California installed the most solar electric capacity in the first six months of this year, followed by New Jersey, Arizona and Florida. A total of 341 megawatts was installed nationwide, but the report expects a stronger second half for 2010 because of projects slated for completion.

"First half year solar installations grew beyond expectations as a result of declining prices, continued government support and improving financial conditions." said Shayle Kann at GTM Research, a Greentech Media company. "In spite of continued macroeconomic woes, the U.S. solar industry is on track to have a record year in 2010 for both installations and manufacturing."

Source: Solar Energy Industries Association

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