U.S. shipments of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules rose to a file electricity-generating capability of 28.8 million peak kilowatts in 2021, from 21.8 million peak kilowatts in 2020, primarily based on knowledge from U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Photovoltaic Module Shipments Report. Continued demand for U.S. solar capability drove this enhance in solar panel shipments in 2021.
U.S. solar panel shipments embrace imports, exports, and domestically produced and shipped panels. In 2021, about 80% of U.S. solar panel module shipments have been imports, primarily from Asia.
U.S. solar panel shipments carefully observe home solar capability additions: variations between the 2 normally outcome from the lag time between cargo and set up. EIA categorizes solar capability additions as both utility-scale – services with one MW of capability or extra – or small-scale, largely residential solar installations.
The United States added 13.2 GW of utility-scale solar capability in 2021, an annual file and 25% greater than the ten.6 GW added in 2020, based on EIA’s Annual Electric Generator Report. Additions of utility-scale solar capability reached a file excessive, regardless of challenge delays, provide chain constraints, and risky pricing.
Small-scale solar capability installations within the United States elevated by 5.4 GW in 2021, up 23% from 2020 (4.4 GW). Most of the small-scale solar capability added in 2021 was put in on houses. Residential installations totaled greater than 3.9 GW in 2021, in contrast with 2.9 GW in 2020.
The price of solar panels has declined considerably since 2010. The common worth (a proxy for worth) of panel shipments has decreased from $1.96 per peak kW in 2010 to $0.34 per peak kW in 2021. Despite provide chain constraints and better materials prices in 2021, the typical worth of solar panels decreased 11% from 2020.
In 2021, the highest 5 vacation spot states for U.S. solar panel shipments have been California (5.09 million peak kW), Texas (4.31 million peak kW), Florida (1.80 million peak kW), Georgia (1.15 million peak kW) and Illinois (1.12 million peak kW). These 5 states accounted for 46% of all U.S. shipments.
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