United States of America

Solar: Country Profiles

United States of America

Installed Solar Capacity (2019): 71.3 GW [1]

Solar gross electricity production (2019): 72 billion kWh [3]

% of total electricity production capacity (2019):  1.8 % [3]

Electricity price (2018): 0.13 USD / KWh [2]

Net metering: Varies by state

Licenses, certifications, standards, practices: Varies by state

Cost of installing residential solar*: 2,936 $ /KW [4]

Federal funding: Varies by state (see: https://www.energysage.com/solar/cost-benefit/solar-incentives-and-rebates/ )

Feed-in tariff: California, Washington, Oregon, Maine, Vermont




[1]  “State-By-State Map.” SEIA, seia.org/states-map.

[2] Wang, T. “Electricity Prices around the World 2018.” Statista, Statista, 18 Nov. 2019, www.statista.com/statistics/263492/electricity-prices-in-selected-countries/.

[3] “U.S. Energy Information Administration – EIA – Independent Statistics and Analysis.” What Is U.S. Electricity Generation by Energy Source? – FAQ – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=427&t=3.

[4] “Solar Panel Cost 2020: by State, by System Size and by Panel Manufacturer.” Solar Reviews, www.solarreviews.com/solar-panels/solar-panel-cost/.  (5kW system)

[5] “U.S. Energy Information Administration – EIA – Independent Statistics and Analysis.” Feed-in Tariff: A Policy Tool Encouraging Deployment of Renewable Electricity Technologies – Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=11471.
[6] “Solar Industry Research Data.” SEIA, www.seia.org/solar-industry-research-data.
[7] Wang, T. “Annual Solar PV Installation Capacity United States 2019.” Statista, 7 Apr. 2020, www.statista.com/statistics/264048/annual-installed-solar-photovoltaics-capacity-in-the-united-states/.