Congratulations America! GreenTechMedia recently produced a study indicating that the United States will join the 1 Gigawatt PV Club during the month of October 2011! This means that over 1 gigawatt of PV panels have been installed in 2011 and are in use across the country, thanks, in large part, to homeowners!
The U.S. solar energy industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. The total amount of grid-connected PV arrays has reached over 3 gigawats, enough to power nearly 600,000 U.S. homes.
Next stop: 2 gigawatts in 2012!
You can read the entire study here: http://www.greentechmedia.com/research/solarinsight