U.S. Solar Capacity Nearly Doubles in One Year, Blows Away Previous Records

February 15th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand.

Via: Green Tech Media:

In its biggest year to date, the United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,626 megawatts of solar PV installed in 2016.

This represents a 95 percent increase over the previous record of 7,493 megawatts installed in 2015. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) previewed this data in advance of their upcoming U.S. Solar Market Insight report, set to be released on March 9.

For the first time ever, U.S. solar ranked as the No. 1 source of new electric generating capacity additions on an annual basis. In total, solar accounted for 39 percent of new capacity additions across all fuel types in 2016.

“What these numbers tell you is that the solar industry is a force to be reckoned with,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “Solar’s economically winning hand is generating strong growth across all market segments nationwide, leading to more than 260,000 Americans now employed in solar.”

Related: The Continuing Exponential Growth Of Global Solar PV Production & Installation

One Response to “U.S. Solar Capacity Nearly Doubles in One Year, Blows Away Previous Records”

  1. Eileen Says:

    This news is probably the best thing I have read in months. Maybe years?
    And best wishes to you Kevin on your solar sales. You deserve to thrive from this “peaceful” technology.

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