Solar Leads the Way in New Energy Generating Capacity in the U.S.
While solar energy still makes up only a small fraction of the Unites States’ total energy production and consumption, solar and other renewable energy sources such as wind and hydropower are experiencing unprecedented growth as the environmental and economic benefits they offer become more and more clear. In this blog post by PurePoint Energy, you can learn how solar energy is leading the way towards a brighter and cleaner future for our country’s energy supply.
U.S. Solar Capacity Growth in the First Quarter of 2016
Once dismissed as a fad, solar power has proved to be an efficient and reliable source of clean energy for homes, businesses, appliances, and even vehicles. Now, according to the new U.S. Solar Market Insight report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the 1,655 megawatts of solar energy generating capacity added in the first quarter of 2016 accounts for a whopping 64 percent of all new generating capacity added in the U.S. during that period. With one megawatt of solar power providing enough electricity to power, on average, roughly 160 homes, the 27.5 gigawatts of operating capacity represented by the million plus photovoltaic arrays installed throughout the country are capable of powering about 700,000 average homes!
Behind the Rapid Growth of Solar in the U.S.
Renewable energy has generally outpaced the growth of fossil fuels in terms of added energy generating capacity in recent years. Solar power in particular has experienced remarkable growth. During the first quarter of 2016, for example, nearly three-quarters of all new U.S. solar installations. So why the tremendous growth of solar?
Economic Incentives & Technological Innovation
Well, solar’s stellar growth can be attributed to a number of different factors. States like California, for example, have passed mandates for renewable energy while tax incentives have led many people to install solar panels in their homes and businesses. Just as importantly, advancements in solar panel technology have led to increasingly efficient solar panels that can convert more sunlight into electricity. With this improvement in efficiency, solar energy and solar equipment has become increasingly cost-effective and economical for the average consumer.
Additionally, with growing concern over climate change and other environmental issues, clean solar energy is becoming an increasingly practical alternative to the CO2-emitting fossil fuels like coal, gas, and oil which still produce the vast majority of the country’s electricity. By converting sunlight into electricity, solar photovoltaic systems are keeping thousand of tons of carbon dioxide and other harmful air pollutants out of the atmosphere and the air we breathe.
Having Rooftop Solar Panels Installed on Your Home
As solar panel efficiency improves and equipment costs go down, many homeowners are turning to the power of the sun to supply their day-to-day electricity needs. In the state of Connecticut, PurePoint Energy has become a leader in installing and repairing solar panels for homes and businesses. PurePoint Energy is a certified dealer of solar equipment in the state of Connecticut and has a team of professionals dedicated to providing clients with turnkey solar energy solutions ranging from free consultations to solar panel installation.