If installations are any measure of the success of the solar industry, it can said that, for solar, the future could not be brighter. We thought one million installations was monumental – especially because it us forty years to get there. Then, just three years later, we hit two million.
According to a report this May from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), fifty one percent of the first million installations and forty three percent of the second million came from California.
Other states that contributed large numbers were Texas, Rhode Island, Florida, Utah and Maryland.
As for the next million, Wood and Mackenzie is projecting that by 2021 we will be at three million installations and at four million by 2023.
That effectively puts the installations at one per minute by the year 2024, up from one every ten minutes in 2010.
As Abigail Ross-Hopper, the CEO of the SEIA, notes, “The 2020s will be the decade that solar becomes the dominant new form of energy generation.”
For many it has been a long time in coming, and finally solar energy will receive its rightful place as the prominent source of energy – for everything from our cars to our refrigerators.
For many, it is about time.
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