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Solar Market Soars in 2016, Utah Now Sixth Largest State for Solar

Utah Solar Energy Association

Press Release Feb 15, 2017

Boston, Mass. and Salt Lake City—In its biggest year to date, the United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,625 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed in 2016. This represents a 95 percent increase over 2015’s then record-breaking 7,493 MW. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) previewed this data in advance of their upcoming U.S. Solar Market Insight report, set to be released on March 9.

In the new ranking, Utah snagged the sixth-highest spot for solar states in the US, jumping ten spots from 2015. The state’s solar installations increased 500 percent year over year, to 1,489 MW total vs. 248 MW in 2015. California is far away #1 at (18,300 MW), followed by North Carolina and Arizona. Utah is one of nine states that have installed more than one GW of solar capacity. At the end of 2012, only one state (California) had done so.

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