The solar industry is booming in Arizona. The state installed more solar panels in the last few months than any other state except California according to the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research.  According to, a site that monitors imports from abroad, Arizona saw an 80% increase in solar panel imports from the first quarter.  Meanwhile, the first half of 2012 saw a rise of more than 200% over the same period in 2011. Most impressively, since 2006, Arizona has increased solar related imports by more than 1800% since 2006.  Most of the increases can be attributed to installations for large-scale utility power, most notably from the Agua Caliente power plant near Yuma, which was constructed in 2011. That plant saw over 250 MW output installed through July 2012.  Residential installs are also increasing, however, in large part due to rebates from the Arizona Public Service and federal residential energy-efficiency credits.  As Arizona continues to increase its green footprint, will continue to monitor importing trends in the solar industry.