If you’ve been following along with us the progress that solar energy has been making in the U.S. and around the world over the last year or so, then you already know that solar adoption is at an all time high and showing no sign of slowing down. Still, these numbers from Solarbuzz help to put the scale of solar growth, specifically in the U.S., into perspective.
According to Solarbuzz’s “United States Deal Tracker” report, the solar photovoltaic (PV) project order backlog for the United States market has now surpassed 12 gigawatts. The report notes that, even though the U.S. is dealing with the fallout from large cuts in feed-in tariffs across Europe, this backlog serves to show that the U.S. will be one of the most promising growth markets for solar over the next two years.
The deal tracker logs over 375 non-residential solar projects in the pipeline that are either being planned or going through a “request for proposal” process. It also includes an additional 775 projects that total 0.7 GW of PV systems that are either already installed or in the process of being installed since January 1, 2010. These non-residential systems can range from 50 kilowatts up to hundreds of megawatts. Interestingly, even with the growing presence of utilities in the solar marketplace, corporate and government systems still account for 76% of completed projects since Jan. 1, 2010.
Twenty-nine states boast utility scale projects that are currently under development but, of those, 80% (as measured in megawatts) are accounted for by just four states. In terms of numbers of non-residential projects, the top 10 states are California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Nevada, and Florida.
The data also shows that there are over 260 different installation companies that are handling the 1150 projects that are identified in the report. The most represented PV module manufacturers for this segment were identified as First Solar, Suntech Power, Sharp, Yingli Green Energy, and SolarWorld.