The measures taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic have led to the fact that the installation of solar power plants for American households decreased by 23%, to 617 MW, and for non-residential buildings – by 12%, to 372 MW, resulting in a total increase in capacity in the second quarter of 2020 year, which was 6% less than in the second quarter of last year, Sunnik reports.
The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables report on the U.S. Solar Market Survey for the third quarter of 2020 states that new solar power plants with a capacity of 3,5 GW were installed in the country in the second quarter of 2020.
The report's authors report that while residential and non-residential segment performance was not so good in the reporting quarter, the grid-connected solar power segment grew by about 2.5 GW, or 71% of all new solar capacity in the second quarter.
Currently, more than 50 GW of network solar power plants are in operation in the country.
Solar technology accounted for 37% of all new generating capacities built in the United States in the first half of 2020.
The report says that between 2021 and 2025, the United States is likely to have about 100 GW of solar power plants installed, 42% more than the total installed capacity in the past 5 years. It is expected that 83 GW will be installed over the next 5 years.
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