We Recycle Solar Expands Partnership with Renewables.org

We Recycle Solar Expands Partnership with Renewables.org to Drive Sustainable Impact Through Tax-Deductible Solar Donations

Delivering Tax Benefits and Supporting Community Access to Renewable Energy

YUMA, Ariz., May 15, 2024 – Building on the momentum of their recent successful Earth Day initiative, We Recycle Solar announced the evolution of its partnership with Renewables.org. The expanded collaboration introduces a major opportunity for commercial and utility-scale solar developers, as well as Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and manufacturers, to make tax-deductible donations of surplus, residual, and used solar panels.

 

This is far more than just a recycling program – we’re actually clearing pathways for meaningful community impact and substantial financial benefits,” said AJ Orben, Vice President of We Recycle Solar. “By partnering with Renewables.org, we enable our clients to leverage their unused assets in a manner that’s both eco-conscious and economically advantageous – striking that perfect balance companies need to jumpstart their own eco-friendly commitments.”

 

Renewables.org offers real investment opportunities in solar energy projects across India and Africa, allowing investors to provide zero-interest loans that aid the expansion of solar power – especially in regions critically impacted by CO2 emissions and hindered by limited access to affordable financing. Creating a powerful carbon impact that investors can see, while ensuring they also receive monthly repayments over a five-year period.

 

Many investments are directed towards solar developers in the Global South, aiming to accelerate solar adoption in areas where environmental challenges are most acute. Other key benefits of recycling with Renewables.org and We Recycle Solar include:

 

·      Tax-Deductible Donations: Clients can now donate surplus solar panels, enjoying maximum tax savings from a certified 501(c)(3) organization.

·      Supporting Underserved Communities: Donations aid in deploying renewable energy resources in predominantly disadvantaged areas, amplifying the impact of each contribution.

·      Environmental and Social Returns: Contributions go beyond financial benefits, helping to prevent further carbon emissions and reduce reliance on coal-based power grids.

 

The initiative supports We Recycle Solar’s broader mission for the lifecycle management of solar assets, with many overarching benefits including:

 

Environmental Conservation:

·      Reduces landfill waste and prevents the release of hazardous materials.

·      Recovers valuable materials for reuse.

·      Lowers the demand for new raw materials, reducing environmental degradation from resource extraction.

·      Promotes sustainable practices and ensures compliance with evolving environmental regulations.

Major Economic Benefits:

·      Enhances cost efficiency by reducing manufacturing costs through material reuse.

·      Creates new jobs in recycling, transportation, and industry-related sectors.

·      Supports the growth of the solar industry by ensuring material availability and affordability.

Important Social Impacts:

·      Engages communities through educational initiatives about sustainability.

·      Lowers cost barriers, increasing access to solar technology in underserved communities.

Enduring Climate Action:

·      Reduces the carbon footprint associated with new material production.

·      Bolsters the transition to renewable energy, supporting global climate change efforts.

 

“Each donation through our shared program has the potential to generate five times the impact per dollar compared to other U.S. solar developments,” explained Lassor Feasley, CEO of Renewables.org. “Our clients see a return on their investment through tax savings and also play a crucial part to empower energy independence in underserved communities. It’s a win-win for all of us.”

 

Visit We Recycle Solar online to learn about the partnership, along with upcoming major projects, other initiatives, and to join the overall mission transforming the planet’s energy future: Facebook, LinkedIn, X, Instagram.

 

About Renewables.org

 

Renewables.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on accelerating the deployment of solar energy in developing markets. By providing financing to solar projects in the Global South and other developing areas, Renewables.org works to reduce carbon emissions and promote renewable energy access in regions most impacted by climate change. Learn more at: www.Renewables.org.

 

About We Recycle Solar, Inc.

 

America’s only utility-scale solar recycler fully sanctioned by the EPA, We Recycle Solar offers comprehensive, frictionless solutions for the disposal, recycling, and management of solar assets. With a commitment to environmental sustainability, We Recycle Solar offers services that support the entire lifecycle of photovoltaic devices, ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations while promoting the circular economy within the solar industry. Learn more about the future of solar at: www.WeRecycleSolar.com.

 

Media Contact:

 

Quanah Locklear, Marketing Manager

(480) 482-7050

qlocklear@werecyclesolar.com

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We Recycle Solar and Renewables.org Forge Partnership

We Recycle Solar and Renewables.org Forge Partnership to Amplify Global Energy Access for Earth Day 2024


From Recycling to Renewables: A Circular Economic Approach to Sustainable Solar Initiatives

YUMA, Ariz.March 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — This Earth Day, We Recycle Solar proudly announces a pivotal partnership in clean energy development with Renewables.org. Aiming to expedite the global shift towards solar power and endorse sustainable practices in solar panel recycling and asset recovery, the collaboration helps facilitate the transition in developing markets, while also enhancing responsible end-of-life solar panel management. Renewables.org is a leader in enabling clean energy development with shovel-ready solar projects that have five times the impact, and prevent more carbon emissions per dollar, than any other investment.

As part of the Earth Day celebration, We Recycle Solar committed to a specific initiative: For every ten solar modules recycled through its state-of-the-art facilities during April, one Panel will be donated to the Renewables Fund managed by Renewables.org. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to funding high-impact solar projects in the Global South, where the need for renewable energy is most critical.

“Teaming up with Renewables.org is a game-changer in extending the life of solar panels and helping to drive the circular economy in our sector,” said AJ Orben, Vice President of We Recycle Solar. “With projections of solar panel waste reaching 78 million tons by 2050, the rapid increase in discarded panels poses a significant environmental threat. So our shared goal not only contributes to the global expansion of clean, renewable energy, but also helps mitigate an environmental crisis in the making. So we are both focused on a cleaner, healthier planet.”

Bridging the Gap in Solar Energy Access for a Brighter Future

We Recycle Solar has already made significant strides in diverting solar panel waste from landfills via the company’s Arizona facility. At the forefront of processing end-of-life photovoltaic devices, the recycling site boasts the nation’s highest processing capacity, while the partnership between We Recycle Solar and Renewables.org further addresses two critical aspects of the solar industry: the environmental impact of solar panel waste and the urgent need for renewable energy sources in underdeveloped regions, including areas of the U.S.

While carbon-intensive power grids and insufficient funding for clean energy projects pose significant challenges in the Global South, Renewables.org addresses these major issues through its signature Renewables Fund. By placing tangible investments in projects that promise to deliver clean energy solutions now where they are needed most, Renewables.org is investing in a bolder and cleaner energy future.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with We Recycle Solar for both this and projects in the future,” said Lassor Feasley, CEO of Renewables.org. “This initiative not only supports the deployment of solar energy in areas with the greatest impact on reducing carbon emissions, but also highlights the importance of responsible recycling in general as part of the solar value chain.”

Learn more about this, other upcoming projects, and join the mission to transform the planet’s energy future by following We Recycle Solar on social media: FacebookLinkedInXInstagram.

About Renewables.org

Renewables.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on accelerating the deployment of solar energy in developing markets. By providing financing to solar projects in the Global South and other developing areas, Renewables.org works to reduce carbon emissions and promote renewable energy access in regions most impacted by climate change. Learn more at: www.Renewables.org.

About We Recycle Solar, Inc.

America’s only utility-scale solar recycler fully sanctioned by the EPA, We Recycle Solar offers comprehensive, frictionless solutions for the disposal, recycling, and management of solar assets. With a commitment to environmental sustainability, We Recycle Solar offers services that support the entire lifecycle of photovoltaic devices, ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations while promoting the circular economy within the solar industry. 

Media Contact:

Quanah Locklear, Marketing Manager
(480) 482-705.

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We Recycle Inc launches new PV recycling facility

We Recycle Inc launches new Yuma, Arizona, PV recycling facility

We Recycle Solar, Inc., North America’s first vertically-integrated organisation specialising in the recycling and remarketing of excess, damaged, and end-of-life solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, has expanded its Yuma, Arizona-based operation to tackle the growing environmental challenge of solar panel waste.

We Recycle Inc launches new Yuma, Arizona, PV recycling facility
Courtesy of We Recycle Solar.
In 2016, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimated that cumulative solar panel waste volume would reach up to 1 million tons globally by 2030, and 78 million tons by 2050, based on an average PV lifespan of 30 years. However, as early solar panel replacement becomes more and more widespread, discarded solar panels are flooding US landfills – where they can contaminate soil and groundwater with toxic heavy metals and carcinogens including arsenic, lead and cadmium – at rates that far outpace previous forecasts.

Headquartered in Yuma, Arizona, We Recycle Solar specialises in the highly-technical task of solar panel removal, decommissioning, recycling, and processing for reuse and is the nation’s only solar recycler fully permitted by the federal EPA to handle hazardous secondary materials generated by solar panels…

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We Recycle Solar expands operation in Arizona

We Recycle Solar expands operation in Arizona

We Recycle Solar, Inc., North America’s first vertically-integrated organisation specialising in the recycling and remarketing of excess, damaged, and end-of-life solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, has expanded its Arizona-based operation in Yuma to tackle the growing environmental challenge of solar panel waste.

In 2016, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimated that cumulative solar panel waste volume would reach up to 1 million t globally by 2030, and 78 million t by 2050, based on an average PV lifespan of 30 years. However, as early solar panel replacement becomes more and more widespread, discarded solar panels are flooding US landfills – where they can contaminate soil and groundwater with toxic heavy metals and carcinogens including arsenic, lead, and cadmium – at rates that far outpace previous forecasts.

Headquartered in Yuma, Arizona, We Recycle Solar specialises in the highly-technical task of solar panel removal, decommissioning, recycling, and processing for reuse and is the nation’s only solar recycler fully permitted by the federal EPA to handle hazardous secondary materials generated by solar panels.

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WRS unveils largest PV recycling plant in the nation

We Recycle Solar unveils largest PV recycling plant in the nation

We Recycle Solar announced it has expanded its Yuma, Arizona-based operation to tackle the growing environmental challenge of solar panel waste.

The company specializes in the highly technical task of solar panel removal, decommissioning, recycling and processing for reuse and is the nation’s only solar recycler fully permitted by the federal EPA to handle hazardous secondary materials generated by solar panels.

Founded in August 2019 by a team of infrastructure and environmental entrepreneurs, We Recycle Solar has recycled or remarketed more than 500,000 end-of-life solar panels to date, diverting 23 million pounds of hazardous solar panel waste from landfills…

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We Recycle Solar, which is permitted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to handle hazardous secondary materials that come from solar panels, removes, decommissions, recycles, and processes the panels for reuse.

Founded in August 2019, the company has recycled or remarketed more than 500,000 end-of-life solar panels to date, diverting 23 million pounds of hazardous solar panel waste from landfills. It says its 75,000-square-foot Yuma, Arizona, factory currently has the capacity to process 7,500 modules, or 345,000 pounds, for recycling and reuse in a day and 69 million pounds in a single year…

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We Recycle Solar Expands Arizona Facility

We Recycle Solar Expands Arizona Facility

Yuma, Ariz. (May 15, 2023) — We Recycle Solar, Inc., North America’s first vertically-integrated organization specializing in the recycling and remarketing of excess, damaged, and end-of-life solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, has expanded its Yuma, Ariz.-based operation to tackle the growing environmental challenge of solar panel waste.

In 2016, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimated that cumulative solar panel waste volume would reach up to 1 million tons globally by 2030, and 78 million tons by 2050, based on an average PV lifespan of 30 years.  However, as early solar panel replacement becomes more and more widespread, discarded solar panels are flooding U.S. landfills—where they can contaminate soil and groundwater with toxic heavy metals and carcinogens including arsenic, lead and cadmium—at rates that far outpace previous forecasts…

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We Recycle Solar Scale Launch of Yuma Facility

WE RECYCLE SOLAR, INC. EXPANDS OPERATION, MEETS CHALLENGES OF GROWING PV WASTE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS WITH FULL-SCALE LAUNCH OF YUMA, ARIZONA FACILITY

Utility-scale PV recycling plant boasts highest processing capacity in the nation

Yuma, Ariz. (April 28, 2023) – We Recycle Solar, Inc., North America’s first vertically-integrated organization specializing in the recycling and remarketing of excess, damaged, and end-of-life solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, has expanded its Yuma, Ariz.-based operation to tackle the growing environmental challenge of solar panel waste.

In 2016, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimated that cumulative solar panel waste volume would reach up to 1 million tons globally by 2030, and 78 million tons by 2050, based on an average PV lifespan of 30 years.  However, as early solar panel replacement becomes more and more widespread,  

discarded solar panels are flooding U.S. landfills—where they can contaminate soil and groundwater with toxic heavy metals and carcinogens including arsenic, lead and cadmium—at rates that far outpace previous forecasts.

Headquartered in Yuma, Ariz., We Recycle Solar specializes in the highly-technical task of solar panel removal, decommissioning, recycling, and processing for reuse and is the nation’s only solar recycler fully permitted by the federal EPA to handle hazardous secondary materials generated by solar panels.

Founded in August 2019 by a team of infrastructure and environmental entrepreneurs, We Recycle Solar has recycled or remarketed more than 500,000 end-of-life solar panels to date, diverting 23 million pounds of hazardous solar panel waste from landfills.  

Now, with the addition of new lines of machinery and enhanced technology, We Recycle Solar’s full-scale PV recycling plant boasts the highest processing capacity in the nation, with the ability to process panels of every make and model, from any manufacturer, including those that are severely damaged, at a rate of up to 10 panels per minute. 

In a single day, We Recycle Solar’s utility-scale 75,000 sq. ft. Yuma, Ariz. facility has the capacity to process 7,500 modules, or 345,000 pounds, for recycling & reuse, and 69 million pounds in a single year—the weight of roughly 700 Boeing 737 commercial jetswith plans to quadruple capacity to 522 million pounds per year by 2028.   

“Cumulative solar waste is an enormous environmental issue facing our planet, and it could be up to fifty times bigger, and get here five years sooner than previously expected,” said We Recycle Solar CEO Adam Saghei. “We’ve not only increased processing speed and volume capacity enough to tackle roughly 25% of the current national need for recyclingwe’ve also expanded our specialized solar handling teams, resulting in a breakage reduction of up to 30 percent at the time of decommissioning, which significantly increases the amount of PV panels we’re able to repurpose for the resale market.”

“We believe that sustainability in the American energy value chain can only be realized by empowering solar asset owners with a means of harnessing the economic value of their end-of-life panels,” said We Recycle Solar Vice President AJ Orben.  “Our vertically-integrated capabilities, including our full-scale Yuma operation, aim to maximize resource value for all solar chain participants and ultimately position us to incentivize and serve major large-scale businesses for the greatest possible impact.”  

ABOUT WE RECYCLE SOLAR, INC. 

Founded in August 2019 by a team of infrastructure and environmental entrepreneurs, We Recycle Solar, Inc. is North America’s first vertically-integrated organization specialized in the recycling and remarketing of excess, damaged, and end-of-life PV panels.  The nation’s only solar recycler fully permitted by the federal EPA to handle hazardous secondary materials generated by solar panels, We Recycle Solar, has recycled or remarketed more than 500,000 end-of-life solar panels to date, resulting in 23 million pounds of waste diverted from landfills.

With PV panel waste volume expected to top 78 million tons globally in the next 30 years, We Recycle Solar is positioned to build a more resilient renewable energy industry, and improve the solar value chain in the United States to ensure America’s leadership in the clean energy transition, by maximizing resource value for all solar chain participants.  

We Recycle Solar’s industry-leading circular economy model provides solar asset owners with a frictionless means of responsibly disposing of end-of-life PV panels, of every type, make, model and condition, through a full-service solution that is compliant with federal, state and local regulations:  

  • Full-service onsite decommissioning: We Recycle Solar’s specialized team offers complete onsite decommissioning services, including expert removal, shipping, and responsible disposal of end-of-life or damaged PV panels, inverters, racking, and other balance of plant elements.  
  • Proprietary data engine and recycling process: We Recycle Solar built the industry’s first database of every panel’s composition so as to optimize and customize the collection and recycling process for every type of PV panel (e.g. crystalline silicon, CdTe, CIGS).  
  • Remarketing and resale distribution channels: Whenever possible, We Recycle Solar repairs, refurbishes, and remarkets pre-owned solar panels via direct-to-consumer resale channels and the secondary buyers market so as to maximize resource value while further eliminating landfill waste.   
  • Regulatory and ESG assurance: We Recycle Solar provides environmental and regulatory compliance to asset owners and operators by verifying the collection and disposal of panels, thereby increasing supply chain visibility and data for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting purposes. 

To learn more, please visit www.werecyclesolar.com.

Media Contact

Sarah March

BAY Public Relations

sarah@baypublicrelations.com  

Ohio Solar Panel Recycling

Ohio lies in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is the 7th most populous state in the USA. On average, Ohio receives 178 sunny days per year. This is short of the average annual of 205 sunny days in the USA. However, estimates indicate that Ohio gets nearly as much sunlight as Spain and surpasses Germany’s solar yearly insolation.

In terms of solar production, it occupies the 17th position among all states of the USA. Ohio has been keen to tap its solar potential. It has introduced multiple incentives such as reductions in interest rates, solar renewable energy certificates (SERCs), an ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standard, and Federal Solar Tax Credit. Owing to these incentives and rebates, Ohio is expected to make significant leaps in growth rates over the next five years.

The cost of solar energy has reduced significantly over the past few years. Currently, solar panel installation in Ohio ranges from $2.32 to $3.14 per watt. Multiple large retailers in Ohio have opted for solar energy. Renowned names include Assurant, Springfield, OH, Campbell’s Soup and Cincinnati Parks, and Smale Riverfront. Campbell’s Soup has taken the lead by installing a mega power plant of 10 MW capacity at their manufacturing plant located in Napoleon, Ohio.

Solar Friendly Legislation in Ohio

Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

Ohio introduced its first Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in 2008. According to the RPS, the contribution of renewable energy to Ohio’s energy mix should be capped at 12.5%.

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)

Ohio has introduced SERCs to incentivize the production of solar energy financially. For each megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity produced by the solar system, one SERC will be awarded. One SERC has an estimated cost of $10. Hence, the more energy your system produces, the more financial benefit you can receive.

State-sponsored Interest Rate Reductions

To reduce the cost of solar financing, Ohio has introduced the Energy Conservation for Ohioans (ECO-Link) Program. You can receive up to a 3 percent reduction on bank loans for financing your solar system through this program.

Federal Solar Tax Credit

This tax credit can help reduce the cost of your solar system significantly. According to this scheme, when you file for income tax, you can receive cashback up to 26% of the total cost of your solar system.

The following statistics reveal the state of solar energy in Ohio:

  • Solar Installed (MW): 836.6
  • National Ranking: 25th (17th in 2021)
  • Percentage of State’s Electricity from Solar: 0.78%
  • Solar Jobs: 6,532
  • Solar Companies in State: 205 (84 Manufacturers, 58 Installers/Developers, 63 Others)
  • Total Solar Investment in State: 1.4 billion
  • Prices have fallen 4% over the last five years
  • Growth Projection and Ranking: 5,800 MW over the next five years (ranks 5th)
  • Number Of Installations: 10,442

Need for Solar Panel Recycling Solutions in Ohio

ohio solar panel recycling

Ohio is making multiple efforts to tap its true potential for solar generation. Ambitious targets and solar-friendly legislation have put Ohio on a path to achieving energy sufficiency through solar energy.

However, the rapid proliferation of photovoltaic technology also raises the alarming question about the decommissioning and disposal of end-of-life solar panels. Most experts agree that recycling old solar panels is the most cost-effective and eco-friendly waste disposal option for solar waste.

If you are looking for decommissioning of solar systems or large-scale solar panel recycling solutions in Ohio, contact We Recycle Solar. We provide recycling solutions for solar panels, batteries, and other equipment. Our processes are safe, efficient, and compliant with all federal and state laws.

Looking for decommissioning or large-scale Ohio solar panel recycling solutions?

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Unless otherwise noted, all data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight

Solar Panel Recycling in Nebraska

Nebraska is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is blessed with an abundance of natural treasures which include plains, prairies, dunes, and naturally-occurring rock formations. In terms of area, Nebraska is the 16th largest state in the USA.

Nebraska also receives an abundance of sunlight that lies in the range of five to six peak sun hours per day. The western area of the state receives slightly greater sunlight than the eastern side. However, despite being one of the sunniest states, Nebraska has lagged considerably in tapping its true potential for power generation through the use of photovoltaic technology.

In terms of national ranking for solar generation, it occupies 44th position among the 50 US states. A few reasons for this slow progress can be attributed to the fact that the cost of electricity is quite low in Nebraska. It is priced at $0.11/kWh which is two cents lower than the national average cost of electricity. Hence businesses and homeowners don’t view solar systems as being too profitable.

Unlike most states, Nebraska does not have a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) which dictates the utilities to source some percentage of electricity from renewable sources of energy. Nebraska also lacks any considerable solar tax exemptions such as sales tax and property tax. Both these tax exemptions incentivize businesses to adopt solar power energy. Their absence also contributes to the low drive for solar energy in Nebraska.

However, Nebraska does have a Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit and customer-friendly Net Metering policy, the details of which are given below:

Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit

Businesses and homeowners can be reimbursed up to 26% of the total cost of their solar system as a part of the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit scheme. This significantly reduces the capital cost of the solar system.

Net Metering Policy

Under the Net Metering policy, utilities are required to credit all surplus energy produced each month to the next bill. Net metering is applicable for solar power systems that have a capacity of 25kW or less.

Solar Rebates

Lincoln Electric System, which is an electric utility company in Nebraska, offers rebates of up to $475 per installed kilowatt. Likewise, some solar manufacturing companies such as LG offer solar rebates up to $600 on their equipment.

However, Nebraska does not have an official and state-sanctioned policy for solar rebates.

The following statistics reveal the state of solar energy in Nebraska:

  • Solar Installed (MW): 73.6
  • National Ranking: 46th (44th in 2021)
  • Percentage of State’s Electricity from Solar: 0.21%
  • Solar Jobs: 1,246
  • Solar Companies in State: 26 (3 Manufacturers, 14 Installers/Developers, 9 Others)
  • Total Solar Investment in State: 108 million
  • Prices have fallen 4% over the last 5 years
  • Growth Projection and Ranking: 776 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 37th)
  • Number Of Installations: 1,667

Need for Solar Panel Recycling Solutions in Nebraska

Despite the slow proliferation of solar energy in Nebraska initially, the capacity of installed solar power is increasing gradually. Soon Nebraska will catch up with other states in terms of power generation through photovoltaic systems.

As more solar equipment is installed, it raises the alarming question about the decommissioning and disposal of end-of-life solar panels. Most experts agree that recycling old solar panels is the most cost-effective and eco-friendly waste disposal option for solar waste.

If you are looking for decommissioning of solar systems or large-scale solar panel recycling solutions in Nebraska, contact We Recycle Solar. We provide recycling solutions for solar panels, batteries, and other equipment. Our processes are safe, efficient, and compliant with all federal and state laws.

Looking for decommissioning or large-scale Nebraska solar panel recycling solutions?

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Unless otherwise noted, all data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight