Utilities across the United States are adding more solar onto their portfolios. By the end of 2015, the U.S. accumulated over 24 gigawatts of interconnected solar. Solar market expansion is driven by several factors: policy support for renewable resources, level of retails rates, availability of incentives and strength of the solar resource, among others.
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The 2015 marked the fourth year in a row where utility-scale solar generation outpaced the distributed solar market. Overall capacity for utility supply solar tracked similar to 2014, but there has been an emergence of merchant (wholesale) plants and utility-owned generation in contrast to the popular power purchase agreement.
See which utilities contributed to this trend in the Utility Solar Database.
Surveying over 300 solar-active utilities in the U.S., SEPA concludes that over 25% already have active community solar programs. Many remaining utilities are well-underway in planning or researching this type of customer program model.
See Customer Programs in the Utility Solar Database for details.