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U.S. Solar Capacity Increases Despite Forecasts Showing Installation Decline

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For well over a year, the United States’ solar industry continues to grow at a consistent and rapid pace. A US Solar Market Insight Report reveals that the country has added over two gigawatts of capacity in the first three months of 2017. That’s the sixth consecutive quarter that we’ve seen growth by that margin, and that’s despite the expected downturn of installations throughout this year..

Solar energy was the second-most installed renewable source through the first quarter of this year, checking in at a 30 percent rate. It’s second only to natural gas (41 percent) in that time frame. Minnesota, Idaho, and Indiana were states that saw a big jump in solar panel installations while other states like Texas and Utah continued to stay on pace.