U.S. installs 930 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity in third quarter

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The U.S. installed 930 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity in the third quarter of 2013, which marks the second largest quarter of the U.S. solar market in history, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The SEIA stated in its U.S. Solar Market Insight: 3rd Quarter 2013 that solar installations were up 20 percent from the second quarter this year and 35 percent from the third quarter of 2012. It was also the largest quarter ever for residential photovoltaic installations, with 186 MW of new capacity installed in the residential market.

The report also states the SEIA projects the U.S. will install a total of 4.3 GW of new photovoltaic in 2013, a 27 percent increase over 2012. That would make 2013 the first year in more than a decade in which the U.S. installs more solar capacity than Germany, which is currently the world leader in solar capacity.

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