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A 44 GW solar pipeline means the U.S. will supply 20% of global solar demand up to 2018, according to NPD Solarbuzz. The solar consultancy says California installed a state record 521 MW of PV from April to June.
GE was working on entering the world of cadmium-telluride solar panel manufacturing just when global solar market began to feel the pain of a huge glut of solar panels. The oversupply crushed prices and caused dozens of manufacturers to file for bankruptcies. Many startups who aimed to bring new technologies to market either tanked or were scooped up cheaply.
Philip Wolfe, founder of Wiki-Solar, said: “The detailed report on the US market we have just released shows that the average system size in the US is higher than any other country and it is the new capacity added to mega projects like Agua Caliente, California Valley, Topaz and Catalina which has enabled this record growth in 2013.”
During Q2’13, 72% of solar PV installations were ground mounted, with the remaining 28% from residential and commercial rooftops. Utility-based PV projects accounted for 59% of quarterly demand, with the remaining 41% split between commercial and residential installations.
Between Q3’12 and Q2’13, First Solar continued to lead module suppliers to the US market, with a market share of 22%, followed by SunPower at 12%. Leading tier-one Chinese suppliers Yingli Green Energy, Trina Solar, Canadian Solar, and Suntech filled the next four ranking positions and collectively supplied 27% of US market demand.