U.S’S Biggest YEAR FOR SOLAR Energy
Regarding the solar energy industry, 2016 can be touted as U.S’S biggest year till date.
Notably, U.S installed around 14,800 MW (Megawatts) of solar PV during 2016 with an aim to reach 42.4 GW (Gigawatts) of the overall installed capacity. Significantly, this is enough to power almost 8.3 million American homes. (Definitely a major progress!) It also represents a whopping 95 percent increase compared to the previous record of around 7,493 MW (megawatts) in 2015. The figures released in the 7th annual report of solar employmentThe National Solar Jobs Census 2016, by The Solar Foundation shows
that the growth of solar capacity is almost double than the one seen in 2015. The Solar Foundation is a non-profit (solar) advocacy group.
As a first, solar capacity of the U.S ranked as a number 1 source for new electric generating capacity addition, that too on an annual basis. As a sum total, the solar capacity accounted for about 39 percent of the new capacity additions in all the fuel segments during 2016.
Abigail Ross Hopper, Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) President and CEO says, “What these numbers tell you is that the solar industry is a force to be reckoned with. Solar’s economically winning hand is generating strong growth across all market segments nationwide, leading to more than 2,60,000 Americans now employed in solar.”