311,143 solar-power systems installed in 2015 in the US – Biggest solar year in history


Nationally, 2015 was the biggest year in solar history, according to the Solar Energies Industry Association, Washington. About 311,143 solar-power systems, capable of producing about 7,286 megawatts of electricity, were installed. Those numbers are up from 198,922 systems that can generate 6,248 megawatts in 2014 and 53,117 systems that can generate 851 megawatts in 2010.

“On a national level, the growth of solar is mind-boggling,” said Dan Whitten, vice president of communications for SEIA. “By 2020, the number of solar jobs will double to 420,000, and the amount of electricity generating capacity will grow by four times. The solar industry will create more than $30 billion in new economic activity every year. Last year, for the first time, the U.S. built more solar capacity than the new capacity for natural gas, nuclear and coal combined.”

Source Article: http://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/solar-power-technology-improves-and-use-heats-up

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