First Solar stays at top of US market

The US added 976MW of new PV capacity during the second quarter of the year, with an enormous pipeline – particularly in the commercial rooftop segment – promising blockbuster growth in the coming years.

US module giants First Solar and SunPower were the top two suppliers during the most recent quarter, followed by a quartet of Chinese players – Yingli, Trina, Canadian Solar and Suntech.

The US is expected to add 4.22GW of PV capacity this year, a year-on-year increase of 17%, according to market researcher NPD Solarbuzz.

The high-margin US market will grow an even stronger 26% next year to hit 5.3GW, with the US on pace to account for 20% of the global market over the next five years.

To put that in perspective, the US accounted for just 6% of global Log in to read complete article.

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