US Installed Enough Solar Power to Power More Than 23 Million Homes in 2021, Report Says

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According to recent figures from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the United States installed 23.6 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV capacity in 2021. The total now stands at 121.4 GW, meaning that enough solar energy is provided to power 23.3 million homes. Solar energy also constituted the largest share and accounted for 46% of newly generated energy in 2021.

The numbers shed an optimistic light on the often complex green energy developments in the United States. Solar power has faced blanket pushbacks from conservative leaders, and misinformation about solar and wind power, typically spread through social media, has confused parts of the American public. The Biden administration had also included a tax credit for solar panel purchases as part of its Build Back Better bill, but the bill was defeated by center Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican leaders.

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SEIA forecasts call for a significant increase in solar development over the next decade, but only if Biden’s plan gains momentum.

“If the federal clean energy incentives are passed, including the proposed tax credit extensions and changes, the utility solar industry would install an additional 210 GW by 2032 for a total of 454 GW between 2022 and 2032” , says the report. Manchin has since reignited debate on the bill, but it remains to be seen whether tax credits will play a role in those negotiations.

Solar power is also diversifying, and the report notes that “community solar volumes reached 957 megawatts, representing 7% year-over-year growth.” The Community Solar initiative allows residents who, for one reason or another, cannot install solar panels on their roofs, to benefit anyway by subscribing to a local community solar farm. According to the US Solar Technology Office, approximately one-third of US states have policies in place for Community Solar as of 2020.

Green power generation in the United States follows a trend of renewables taking the lead in power development infrastructure, accounting for an unprecedented 81% of total global new power capacity in 2021. Records are also set. beaten this year. April 3rd97% of California’s grid electricity came from renewables.

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In addition, wind power reached a milestone on March 29e when it was the second largest energy producer for 24 hours; and a new wind farm is now powering Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Sign this petition to support solar power in Iowa.

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