In the first quarter of 2014, solar continued to soar. Households, businesses, nonprofits, and academic institutions of all kinds are turning to solar power to lower their electricity bills and improve their communities. Read more to find out how far solar has come…
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released its report for the first quarter of 2014. It showed that even during the winter months, America is going green and going solar.
- Solar power made up nearly 3/4 of all new power installations in the first quarter of 2014
- The first quarter of 2014 was second-largest ever for new solar power installations across the US.
- Residential solar is way up. In the first quarter of 2014, residential installations surpassed commercial installations for the first time in 12 years. Additionally, households are embracing solar with or without subsidies. In fact, 1/3 of residential installations didn’t utilize subsidies.
- Of 1,330 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity added last quarter: utilities installed 873 MW, Schools, governments, and nonprofits added 100 MW.
- Concentrated solar power (which uses lenses and mirrors to focus energy for use) saw its biggest gains ever.
- By the end of the first quarter of this year, 482,000 individual solar power systems were up and running.
- SEIA predicts that this year will see 6,600 MW of solar power installed– that’s twice the installations in 2012!
The future of solar
Community Renewable Energy celebrates the success of solar power across the US and backs nonprofit, business, and residential solar power adoption.
Because we believe that everyone deserves access to clean, affordable power, we’re particularly interested in community-owned solar power, which allows renters, businesses, students, and owners of shaded property to invest in solar power and support renewable energy.
We also support rural electrification across the globe and believe that micro-grids hold enormous promise for communities that aren’t connected to the grid.
For the latest on renewable energy and solar progress, keep checking back with us– and share your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you.