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U.S. now has more than a million solar systems … and counting

The United States just reached a major solar energy milestone and, if the Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) has anything to say about it, will not be slowing down any time soon.

A report issued by the George Washington (GW) Solar Institute revealed that there are already more than a million solar systems installed across the U.S. The amount of electricity generated by these installs, according to the GW Solar Institute, is enough to power the entire state of Pennsylvania, or roughly 6 million homes.

While solar still only accounts for approximately 1 percent of overall electricity generation in the U.S., solar-powered domestic electricity generation is growing at a very rapid clip. Last year, 30 percent of all new electricity capacity in the U.S. was powered by solar energy, and this type of intense growth is leading some to wonder about the future of fossil fuels as an electricity source in the U.S.

#MillionSolarStrong campaign

In recognition of meeting the major one-million-install milestone, the SEIA launched the #MillionSolarStrong campaign this week. As part of the campaign, more than 70 organizations agreed to sign an official declaration that puts a clear emphasis on solar energy as a integral part of the nation’s energy portfolio.

Much, much room to grow

Earlier in 2016, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) assessed the state of rooftop solar in the U.S. and concluded that rooftop solar alone has the potential to power nearly two-fifths of the U.S. And that’s rooftop solar — not even including commercial solar build that could potentially power even more of the U.S. through generation on both onshore and offshore solar farms.

The race to two million solar installs in the U.S. in now on. If statements like the U.S. Department of Energy’s recent $25 million solar investment continue to be made, reaching the next benchmark will be a lot easier to achieve than the first.

Source → George Washington Solar Institute