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Most Popular Home Solar Panels in California: SunPower, Sharp, Kyocera, Suntech & Yingli

Earlier in the week I took a look at which brands of solar panels have been top choices for residential solar energy systems in California. We found that three manufacturers -- SunPower, Sharp Solar and BP Solar -- have accounted for about half of all residential solar energy systems, judging from the number of rebate applications received under California's main solar incentive program.

The data reviewed on Tuesday go all the way back to 2006, when that incentive program -- the California Solar Initiative -- was launched. I suggested at the end of my previous post that a peek at more recent numbers only would reveal "a rise in the number of installations from manufacturers like Suntech Power, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar relative to makers like Evergreen Solar and SolarWorld."

Well, here's what the numbers look like since 2010:

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Top 3 Solar Panel Makers = Half Of California Residential Solar Energy Systems

This morning, I got to tinkering around with some numbers from California Solar Statistics, a program of the state's Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission. What did I find?

Well, beyond a wealth of details on system size, average installed cost and California solar incentives, I verified that most solar home energy systems in the state use name-brand panels from large, well established manufacturers.

Here's a breakdown of all California residential photovoltaic (PV) systems, by solar panel manufacturer:

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Pennsylvania's Largest Solar Energy System Now Complete

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, June 30 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Sharp Solar, ARRA, Pennsylvania Solar, Veterans Affairs

With the flip of a switch, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) building in Philadelphia today became host to Pennsylvania's largest solar energy system. Able to generate over half-a-million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar electricity annually, the system will power nearly five percent of all of the building's electricity needs.

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Ohio Notches a Second Solar Thin-Film Project

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, June 22 2010 under: Sharp Solar, Utility Solar, Ohio Solar

Following the announcement of a new solar power plant in Wyandot County, Ohio, comes the completion of another solar thin-film installation -- the second the state has seen in as many weeks.

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Officials Dedicate CalRENEW, a California Solar Power Plant

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, June 2 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Sharp Solar, PGE, California Solar, Utility Solar

CalRENEW-1, a large California solar power installation, was today dedicated in the city of Mendota, in Fresno County. As the first utility-scale solar energy project to connect to California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) transmission grid, the project is the first of its kind. Many more like it are expected to follow.

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