2012 was a historic year for the U.S. solar industry. There were 3,313 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed throughout the year, which represents 76% growth over 2011’s record deployment totals.
The fourth quarter of 2012 was the largest quarter on record as 1,300 MW came online, driven in part by unprecedented installation levels in the residential and utility markets. SEIA and GTM Research forecast that the market will continue to grow at a steady clip with over 4,200 MW of PV and 940 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) expected to come online in 2013.
With the growth of PV residential installations and increased incentives, many utilities across the nation are investigating in the impact of both residential and industrial installations upon their existing electrical infrastructure. This case study examines one such project at North Attleboro Electric Department in Massachusetts.
This white paper includes: