Solana Hits its First $1 Billion Milestone in Total Value Locked (TVL)

Solana’s impressive scalability has USDC supply on the blockchain surpassing 500 million, second only to Ethereum USDC.


While DeFi is enjoying a re-pricing following Ether’s new highs, the total value locked in the entire ecosystem has gone past $100 billion and aiming for a $150 billion mark now.

Ethereum no doubt remains the leading layer 1 blockchain with almost $90 billion TVL followed by Binance Smart Chain’s (BSC) $56 billion. ETH -1.51% Ethereum / USD ETHUSD $ 3,283.51
-$49.58-1.51%
Volume 10.95 b Change -$49.58 Open $3,283.51 Circulating 119.19 m Market Cap 391.37 b
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BNB -2.10% BNB / USD BNBUSD $ 485.91
-$10.20-2.10%
Volume 1.92 b Change -$10.20 Open $485.91 Circulating 166.8 m Market Cap 81.05 b
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Coming at the third spot is Solana which has now surpassed $1 billion. The TVL on Solana (SOL) was highest last week at $1.33 billion, up from just under $150 million two and a half months back, as per Solana Project.

This rapid growth of the Solana ecosystem is thanks to its fast and scalable decentralized applications. This year's 2,281% uptrend in SOL prices to about $46.90 so far is evidence of the growing traction this public blockchain is seeing.

Solana caught the public eye after Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange FTX chose to build the decentralized derivatives platform Serum (SRM) last summer.

It has been defined as a blockchain that can “process 10,000 times as much as Ethereum” and is “1,000,000 times cheaper.” This is possible due to the adding of Proof-of-History to an underlying Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism. Proof-of-History enables validators to compute the network state themselves, thus saving on cross-validator communication.

Fast transactions at relatively low cost are pushing the users from the second-largest network to Solana, just like it has been happening with BSC.

This has helped USDC grow on the blockchain with more than $500 million in circulation today, second only to Ethereum USDC, stated Circle on Tuesday. USDC was first integrated with Solana in late October.

Despite its mainnet launching just a year ago, “network fundamentals made it a natural choice for fast, secure, and scalable USDC. Solana is a public blockchain that delivers impressive scalability while maintaining a high degree of decentralization and security,” said the Circle team.

The biggest project on Solana currently is Raydium (RAY) which alone accounts for about $900 million of all the TVL on the Solana project, representing a whopping 89% share. Together with Serum DEX, which comes in second place with just over $400 million in TVL, they both account for nearly all the TVL. SRM -4.13% Serum / USD SRMUSD $ 3.07
-$0.13-4.13%
Volume 46.12 m Change -$0.13 Open $3.07 Circulating 133.23 m Market Cap 409.51 m
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RAY -3.79% Raydium / USD RAYUSD $ 5.25
-$0.20-3.79%
Volume 32.79 m Change -$0.20 Open $5.25 Circulating 80.7 m Market Cap 423.34 m
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Another Solana-based new project making the rounds on Crypto Twitter (CT) is Step Finance which recently launched its STEP token. The protocol amassed $100 million in liquidity in just two days. STEP -1.20% Step Finance / USD STEPUSD $ 0.26
$0.00-1.20%
Volume 1.38 m Change $0.00 Open $0.26 Circulating 4 m Market Cap 1.05 m

The data aggregator that provides analytical dashboards for yield farmers aims to be the go-to DeFi aggregator for all tokens launched in the Solana ecosystem.

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