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4 Infographics Show How Much Solar Power Is Installed in the U.S.

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The record-setting third quarter for U.S. solar energy installations brings the nation's total to a whopping 10.25 gigawatts (GW).

That's enough to make the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predict that the U.S. could finally rise up the ranks to beat Germany in new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations next year. Included in that figure—the country's second-best quarter—was the residential sector's record of 186 megawatts (MW) in installations.

Just how much is 10.25 GW? SEIA explores that question with a few infographics:

Graphic credit: Solar Energy Industries Association

 The 10.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide displaced by the solar installations is also equivalent to taking millions of cars off our roads or planting even more trees.

Graphic credit: Solar Energy Industries Association

 

Graphic credit: Solar Energy Industries Association

 The 930 MW in third-quarter installations also pushed the U.S. into the company of other countries with 10 GW of solar power, such as Japan, China, Germany and Italy.

Graphic credit: Solar Energy Industries Association

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