Solar is Setting Records

Last Updated:
Fri, 2018-04-20 13:28

In March 2013, the solar industry made history. For the first time, all new utility electricity generation that was added to the U.S. grid in March all came from solar energy. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) “Energy Infrastructure Update,” more than 44 megawatts of solar energy were brought online from seven projects across the U.S. These states include California, Nevada, New Jersey, Hawaii, Arizona, and North Carolina.

The Report

The FERC’s report supports findings that show solar power to be one of thefastest growing energy sources in the U.S. In 2012 alone, the U.S. installed 3,313 megawatts of solar photovoltaics, which was a record for the solar industry. With installations comes jobs, and the report claims that the solar industry employs a massive 119,000 workers throughout the country. This number is a 13.2 percent growth over 2011’s jobs number, which makes solar one of the fastest growing job sectors in the nation. Rhone Resch, the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, added that the amount of solar powering the U.S. has “grown by more than 600 percent from 1,100 megawatts to more than 7,700 megawatts today.” To see the report, please visit:

Of course some of this growth can be attributed to the fact that the cost of a solar system has dropped in price by nearly 40 percent over the past two years, making it far more accessible to businesses and consumers. This price drop caused solar to grow in each market segment including residential, non-residential, and utility. Notable states that experienced growth in non-residential markets were Massachusetts, Hawaii, Maryland, and New York. As far as the utility market growth was concerned, this was the highest area of growth for solar energy. The utility market more than doubled over 2011 to reach 1,781 MW installed. Of this total, 874 MW came online in the fourth quarter alone. Again with that total, eight of the ten largest projects currently in operation were completed in 2012.

Future in Solar

It’s hard to argue with numbers, and with this report by the FERC, there is no doubt that the viability of solar power is becoming increasingly prevalent as prices drop and technology develops. These record-breaking numbers prove that solar is paying off in all sectors of the market and will continue to do so in North America. With this increase in solar across the board, and considering it is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the U.S., one should seriously think about acquiring the skills to jump on the solar bandwagon. Everblue provides courses to acquire these skills; we offer multiple solar photovoltaic training courses. Our Solar PV Associate course provides everything you need to start working in the solar industry. We also offer a Solar PV Installer course, which is a more hands-on class, that provides individuals with the knowledge to assemble and install solar panels.These courses provide a comprehensive overview of the solar industry and will help prepare individuals for one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. For more information, please visit our solar training courses, or call us at 877-753-0853.

By Nick McAndrew

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