According to the report:
- 31,000 American homes installed solar panels in the third quarter.
- Overall, the U.S. installed 930 megawatts worth of solar panels, up 35 percent from the same time last year.
- Solar is the second-largest source of new electricity capacity in the U.S. this year, trailing only natural gas.
- There is now enough solar capacity in the U.S. — 10,250 megawatts — to power 1.7 million average American homes.
- Rapidly falling prices could be a reason for the spread of solar power to homes, as costs fell 9.7 percent from last year.
California continues to have the most installations, benefitting from a 10-year $2.167 billion program of incentives begun by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in 2006.
North Carolina moved into the No. 3 spot, after Arizona. In 2007, North Carolina became the first state in the southeast to adopt a renewable energy standard, requiring utilities to get 12.5 percent of their energy from renewables. (The Hill, 12/10/2013)