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The US solar industry is booming: what's driving the growth? | Podcast

The Interchange Recharged explores the record growth of US solar

In the US last year, solar PV capacity totalled 142 GW, enough to power 25 million homes. Falling costs, advancements in storage and cell technology and supportive government policies drove record growth in 2022. This was an 11% year-on-year increase. Residential solar in 2022 had a record year, with nearly 6 GW of installations, a 40% increase on 2021.

It wasn’t all plain sailing. We saw some downturns in other market segments as supply chain issues caused delays and roadblocks to adoption. Utility-scale solar was down over 30% year on year, but despite these challenges, the IRA and other market forces have created upside to long-term solar forecasts. Over the next decade, the industry will grow five-fold. 700 GW of total capacity could power more than 125 million American homes.

So what can we expect from solar over the next 10 years? Just how bright is solar’s future? In this episode of The Interchange Recharged we’re joined by Abigail Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and John Berger, founder and CEO of leading residential solar and storage provider, Sunnova.

This edition of the podcast uses data from the US Solar Market Insight, a quarterly publication from Wood Mackenzie and the SEIA. Each quarter, we collect granular data on the US solar market from nearly 200 utilities, state agencies, installers and manufacturers. This data provides the backbone of the report, in which we identify and analyse trends in US solar demand, manufacturing and pricing by state and market segment over the next five to ten years. You can find out more and download the complimentary executive summary here.

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