New Jersey continues to barrel ahead with solar installations, despite discussions of changes to the state program. The Garden State installed 41.6 megawatts of solar capacity in the first quarter of 2011 alone, solidifying its position as the second-largest market for solar in the country, according to GTM Research, a division of Greentech Media, an online content and market research site specializing in solar and smart-grid technologies.
The 2011 figure compares with the installation of 24.6 megawatts in the first quarter of 2010. California continues to be the largest market, having installed 112.3 megawatts in the first quarter, with the two states making up 62 percent of the U.S. market.
The first quarter saw installations grow in every segment of the market, despite concerns that large corporate installations will push out the residential market. Greentech Media’s report, which outlines the solar market in every state, says residential, non-residential and utility capacity all grew significantly.