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Home Solar Installations Doubled in 2011

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Even though many Republican politicians are fighting against the growth of alternative energy, it seems as though there are many Americans that are attempting to change the world for the better by installing home solar systems, and adding to the grid rather than just using up energy.

Installations of solar panels in America more than doubled last year, according to a new report by the GTM Research and the the Solar Energy Industries Association, a national trade group.

The U.S. added a record 1,855 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity in 2011, a 109% increase from 2010. The report projects that new installations will increase further to more than 2,800 megawatts this year. So what’s behind this incredible market growth? It’s the falling prices of solar panels. The average solar system price fell 20% last year.

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