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2011 Was a Great Year for Solar!

bwaystagessolar_blogOver at GreenTech Media, they just released the results from their “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2011 Year-in-Review” done in conjunction with the Solar Energy Industry Association. It’s an exciting report covering a “record breaking” year for solar power in the U.S. and to highlight the good news, they pulled out the Top Ten US Solar Stats from 2011. Among them:

7) 28.Number of projects over 10 megawatts completed in 2011.In 2009, only two PV projects over 10 megawatts were completed in the U.S. In 2010, the number rose to eight. In 2011, 28 such projects were connected to the grid, marking the true beginning of a burgeoning utility-scale solar market.
5)  776 megawattsPV installations in Q4 2011.The U.S. installed 776 megawatts in Q4 2011, up 64 percent over Q3 2011 and up 115 percent over Q4 2010. Every market segment had a record quarter, as did ten individual states

You can download the executive summary for free, but the whole thing will cost you a healthy amount. They have to keep the lights on, after all.