It’s estimated that the U.S. now has 13 GW of installed capacity – enough to power more than 2 million U.S. homes. California continues to be a U.S. leader, now having 4 GW – enough to power 900,100 homes.
Solar is expected to account for more new electric capacity in the U.S. in 2013 than any other renewable energy source.
30 percent growth in U.S. solar energy industry is being forecast for 2014, with new job growth also expected.
Today, there are nearly 120,000 people employed by the U.S. solar industry at more than 6,100 American companies. Of those companies, California represents nearly 30 percent of the national market, employing more workers, an estimated 43,700, than there are actors in Hollywood.
Average price of a solar system has dropped by more than 50 percent since 2010, benefitting consumers, businesses, schools and government entities nationwide.