Residential Solar Beats Commercial Solar For First Time

by Ed Tsunoda

The first quarter reports are in and 2014 is off to a a torrid start in the solar industry with new ground being broken every day in the residential markets. This time, it’s new residential installs exceeding new commercial installs for the first time in history.

The first quarter of 2014 was another big one for the U.S. solar industry, with 74 percent of all new electricity generation across the country coming from solar power. The 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) installed last quarter bring the total in the U.S. up to 14.8 gigawatts of installed capacity — enough to power three million homes, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

In addition to being the largest quarter ever for concentrating solar power, a method of large-scale solar generation that uses a unique ‘salt battery’ to allow the solar plant to keep producing power even when the sun goes down, it was also the first time in the history of SEIA’s reports that residential solar installations surpassed commercial in the same time period.


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