By Kathie Zipp EIA categorizes PV systems that have a generating capacity of less than 1 MW (which are typically installed on business or residential rooftops) as small-scale systems.
EIA forecasts that total U.S. small-scale solar PV capacity will grow from 14.3 GW at the end of April 2017 to 21.9 GW at the end of 2018. The forecast 2018 capacity includes 13.7 GW in the residential sector and 8.2 GW in the commercial and industrial sectors. Annual U.S. small-scale solar PV electricity generation is expected to grow from 19,467 GWh in 2016 to 25,400 GWh this year and 32,900 GWh in 2018.
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