If you think the interest in photovoltaic (PV) products and
systems is a passing fad, consider the following statistics
provided by The Solar Foundation's National Solar Jobs Census
The Solar Energy Industries Association®'s (SEIA's) U.S.
Solar Market Insight™ report states the first quarter of 2012
saw the second highest number of PV system installations ever in
the U.S. (the first highest was 2011's fourth quarter).
According to the report, the U.S. market share of global PV
system installations will reach nearly 11 percent this year, a 4
percent increase from 2011. Residential PV system installations
increased 12 percent during the first quarter, and nonresidential
installations increased 14 percent.
The growth is fueled partly by falling prices: SEIA's report
shows average installed prices for PV systems decreased 17.2
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