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California second to New Jersey in new US solar power installations

According to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the number of solar system installations continues to increase across America. A record 506 megawatts were added over the first three months of 2012, the most of any single quarter to date. This year is predicted to see in excess of 3200 megawatts installed, equaling a 75 percent increase over 2011.

Among the details of the report are the states leading this push towards solar energy, and surprisingly, California is not number one. Instead, we take a back seat to New Jersey, which led all states in the first quarter of 2012 with 174 megawatts installed. California earned the second position with 148.4 MW. As reported by Treehugger, Arizona, Tennessee and Massachusetts round out the top five states, although they recorded far less than New Jersey or California.