Residential, utility solar installation falls due to investment trends, Tesla

The third quarter of 2017 has been an unusually slow one for the solar industry, according to a report from GTM Research released on Thursday. US solar installations fell to their lowest overall level since 2015, and residential and utility-scale solar projects fell quarter over quarter.

The only silver lining has been non-residential (largely commercial and community) solar installations, driven by developers in California, New York, and Massachusetts rushing to take advantage of state-level incentives, as well as installations in Minnesota boosted by Xcel Energy's "community solar" program.

Overall, solar panel installations in Q3 decreased 51 percent from Q3 in 2016, says GTM Research.

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