According to the report, the state jumped from No. 36 for annual state solar photovoltaic installation in 2015 to No. 9 in the second quarter of 2016. South Carolina ranks behind Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, North Carolina and California for installation.
The state had 53.02 megawatts of installed solar capacity in the first half of 2016, compared to 4.2 MW installed in all of 2015.
“South Carolina was not one of the bigger states, and the total capacity that we are talking about is not that big by comparison; but the percentage of growth is huge and it positions the state to be a national leader in terms of solar energy,” said Dan Whitten, vice president of communication for the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Utility companies in South Carolina saw the biggest jump in solar installation. The report said that segment had 39.77 MW of installed solar capacity in the first half of the year, up significantly from the 3.4 MW installed in all of 2013.
Residential solar installations have also jumped significantly. In the first half of 2016, residences have 10 MW of installed solar capability, up from 1.95 MW installed on homes in all of 2015 in South Carolina.
In the second quarter of 2016, the report said there was 6.7 MW of solar generation installed in the state, a 99% increase over the first quarter and a 2,267% increase over the same quarter a year ago.
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