Solar Power in US Sets New Records, Beats Natural Gas for the First Time

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the first time in history, solar beat out natural gas in new additions to generating capacity on the American electrical grid last year.More than 29% of all new power capacity in the U.S. came from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in 2015 – offering 7.3 gigawatts (GW) in additional renewable energy, a 17% increase over 2014.Graph by Solar Market InsightOverall, solar now accounts for 25 GW of the U.S. power supply, up from just 2 GW in 2010.Electrical utilities accounted for more than half the new installations, but residential installations accounted for a record breaking 2 GW of the total.WANT MORE SUNNY DAYS? …GET OUR GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSSunny states in the west and south led the way with California, North Carolina, and Nevada topping the list for the most solar installations, but the fourth and fifth place slots went to Massachusetts and New York in the northeast.Solar outperformed U.S. Energy Department forecasts for the year, and is part of a mix of renewable energy sources — including wind, water, and biomass — supplying more than 17% of U.S. electrical needs.WATCH: Solar-Powered Pod Allows You to Live Anywhere Off the Grid, Now For SaleThe findings were announced Monday by the Solar Energy Industries Association ahead of it’s U.S. Solar Market Insight report to be released on March 9.Share The Sunny News…  (Photo: Oregon DOT) How much money can a solar roof save you in California? Profit from your roof space: find local deals on solar in your area, eliminate your power bill, and join the solar revolution. Calculate My Savings! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img