US Solar Energy Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The USA Solar Energy Market is Segmented by Type (Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrated Solar Power).

US Solar Energy Market Size

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Study Period 2020 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2020 - 2022
CAGR 16.48 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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US Solar Energy Market Analysis

The United States solar energy market is estimated to be at 164.2 Giga Watt (GW) by the end of this year and is projected to reach 352 Giga Watt (GW) after five years, registering a CAGR of over 16.48% during the forecast period.

  • Over the medium term, factors such as declining solar PV costs and supportive government policies are expected to drive the United States solar energy market during the forecast period.
  • On the other hand, increasing adoption of alternative clean energy sources and increasing natural gas consumption are expected to hinder the market's growth during the forecast period.
  • Nevertheless, Perovskite-based cells attracted attention in recent years. Perovskite-based PV cells offer high ease of manufacturing, high efficiency, and excellent semiconducting behaviour. Hence, they are comparable to silicon-based solar PV regarding solar-to-electric efficiency. Hence, technological advancements in manufacturing PV cells will likely lead to mass-scale production, offering growth opportunities.

US Solar Energy Market Trends

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Expected to Dominate the Market

  • Solar power has become more accessible and prevalent in the United States. Solar experienced an annual growth rate of 8.3% in 2022 compared to the previous year. Over the last decade, solar installations in the country have grown 30-fold. The total installed capacity in the United States reached 145,598 gigawatt-hours in 2022.
  • The solar energy markets are maturing rapidly around the country, and solar electricity is now economically competitive with conventional energy sources in several states, including California, Hawaii, and Minnesota.
  • The solar photovoltaic (PV) market is mainly driven by strong federal policies, such as the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), rapidly declining costs, and increasing demand for clean electricity across the private and public sectors.
  • California has by far the most installed capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) power of any state in the United States. The Golden State had a total solar power capacity of over 37 gigatonnes as of the second quarter of 2022. Texas came in second with a capacity of about 15 gigatonnes. In 2021, both states in the United States added the most solar PV capacity.
  • According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Utility-scale solar installations increased 66% from the first quarter of 2022. The sector is still experiencing supply constraints, but things are improving as module shipments arrive at ports. In the first quarter of this year, photovoltaic solar (PV) accounted for 54% of all new electricity-generating capacity additions. The capacity is expected to increase this year and continue to surge significantly during the forecast period.
  • Hence, owing to the points mentioned above, solar photovoltaic (PV) is expected to dominate the US soar energy market during the forecast period.
United States Solar Energy Market -Solar Photovoltaic Installed Capacity,

Declining Costs and Increasing Efficiencies of Solar Panels Expected to Drive the Market

  • Since the last decade, the average cost of a solar PV panel has dropped by nearly 90% globally. Prices of other components have also fallen significantly since 2011, reducing the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for residential and utility-scale solar PV generation.
  • Due to a combination of techno-economic and geopolitical factors, the rate of decline of solar PV panel prices is estimated to reduce slightly. Still, prices will continue to decline during the forecast period.
  • According to the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), since 2010, there has been a 64%, 69%, and 82% reduction in the cost of residential, commercial-rooftop, and utility-scale PV systems in the United States, respectively.
  • Due to the declining prices, many residential and commercial consumers are opting for rooftop solar PV systems to reduce energy costs and recovery time. Similarly, for large-scale utility project operators, lower panel costs enable them to sign Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with consumers at a lower price.
  • Over the past decade, the efficiency of solar PV panels has risen steadily. With the emergence of new technologies and manufacturing capabilities, this trend is expected to continue during the forecast period. The most efficient solar panels commercially available in the market have efficiency ratings as high as 22.8%, whereas most boards have an efficiency rating ranging from 16% to 18%.
  • As of January 2022, SunPower's monocrystalline solar PV panels had the highest efficiency rating of any commercially available solar panel brand. Additionally, according to Solar Energy Industries Association, the U.S. Solar PV Pricing Trend dropped from USD 4.37 per watt in 2012 to USD 1.66 per watt in 2022 for the commercial segment.
  • Therefore, owing to the above-mentioned points, declining costs and increasing efficiencies of solar PV panels are expected to drive the country's solar energy market during the forecast period.
United States Solar Energy Market - Solar PV Average Cost of Power Generation

US Solar Energy Industry Overview

The United States solar energy market is fragmented. Some of the key players (in no particular order) include M. A. Mortenson Company, First Solar Inc., NextEra Energy Inc., SOLV Energy, and 8minutenergy Renewables LLC.

US Solar Energy Market Leaders

  1. 8minutenergy Renewables LLC

  2. M. A. Mortenson Company

  3. SOLV Energy

  4. First Solar Inc.

  5. NextEra Energy Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

8minutenergy Renewables LLC, M.A.Mortenson Company, SOLV Energy, First Solar Inc, NextEra Energy Inc.
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US Solar Energy Market News

  • April 2023: Atlas Renewable Energy and Albras signed a solar power purchase agreement (PPA). Atlas will deliver solar-generated power to Albras for the next 21 years under the contract terms. The 902 MW Vista Alegre Photovoltaic Project will supply solar energy. The factory in Minas Gerais in Southeastern Brazil will begin operations in 2025.
  • April 2023: Masdar increased its foothold in the United States by acquiring a 50% stake in a combined solar and battery storage project from EDF Renewables North America. The Big Beau project in California comprises a 128MW solar facility plus a 40MW battery energy storage system. It is one of eight projects with a total capacity of 1.6 GW in which Masdar and EDF Renewables have agreed to collaborate.
  • March 2023: Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (DESS), a Duke Energy nonregulated commercial brand, is operating its largest solar power plant, a megawatt (MW) Pisgah Ridge Solar facility in Navarro County, Texas. Over the next 15 years, Charles River Laboratories International Inc. has a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 102 MW of the project.

US Solar Energy Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 United States Solar Energy Installed Capacity and Forecast in Gigawatt (GW), till 2028

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

        1. Declining Costs and Increasing Efficiencies of Solar PV Panels

        2. Supportive Government Policies Towards Solar

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

        1. Increasing Adoption of Alternative Clean Energy Sources and Increasing Natural Gas Consumption

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 PESTLE Analysis


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

      2. 5.1.2 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)


    1. 6.1 Mergers, Acquisitions, Collaborations, and Joint Ventures

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Key Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 M. A. Mortenson Company

      2. 6.3.2 First Solar Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 NextEra Energy Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 SunPower Corporation

      5. 6.3.5 Renewable Energy Systems Ltd

      6. 6.3.6 Rosendin Electric Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Hanwha Corporation

      8. 6.3.8 Canadian Solar Inc.

      9. 6.3.9 JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd

      10. 6.3.10 SOLV Energy

      11. 6.3.11 8minute Solar Energy

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Technological Advancements in Manufacturing PV Cells

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US Solar Energy Industry Segmentation

Solar energy is heat and radiant light from the sun that can be harnessed with technologies such as solar power (which is used to generate electricity) and solar thermal energy (which is used for applications such as water heating).

The United States solar energy market is segmented by type. By type, the market is segmented into solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP). For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on installed capacity (GW).

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)
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US Solar Energy Market Research FAQs

The United States Solar Energy Market is projected to register a CAGR of 16.48% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

8minutenergy Renewables LLC , M. A. Mortenson Company, SOLV Energy, First Solar Inc. and NextEra Energy Inc. are the major companies operating in the United States Solar Energy Market.

The report covers the United States Solar Energy Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the United States Solar Energy Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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