Jan. 12 — Solar energy broke its own growth record in the third quarter last year, but it looks like those numbers will be broken again as solar installations finish out 2016 in strong form.
Between July to the end of September 2016, solar installers brought 4,143 MW online, nearly a 200% jump from the same time in 2015. A joint report from GTM Research and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said at the time it was solar’s biggest quarter yet. But with the pace of solar installations set to come online, 2016’s final quarter is set to beat it: The pipeline could hit 5 GW of installed capacity, Austin Perea, a GTM research analyst and co-author of GTM’s most recent Solar Market Insight, told Utility Dive.
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