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Solar Power Generation Reaches Record High in the U.S. in 2013

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Published on : Mar 06, 2014

Solar power accounted for an even larger share in the total volume of electricity generated in the United Sates in 2013. According to a latest report published by the Solar Energy Industries Association along with GTM Research suggests that this form of energy is increasingly becoming a part of the main stream U.S. power grid. 

So, it is not surprising that the production of solar power reached a new high in 2013 when it was recorded that the total energy systems installed produced 4.75 gigawatts in the last quarter of 2013 alone.

With this, solar energy becomes the second largest new energy source for people in the United States. It comes a close second to natural gas, which is also being extensively used in the country.

Figures also show that new natural gas comprised as much as 50% of the total electricity whereas solar comprised one-third of the same. Of the total new electricity generated, wind energy made up around 7%. And, the report also stated that new power from coal constituted 10% of the entire new energy pie in 2013.

A higher number of solar systems installed in 2013 have made it possible to boost the amount of solar energy generated. Figures show a 41% growth in the new solar systems installed in 2013 as compared to 2012.

Currently, the United States has 12gw of solar panels that are installed and ready for use, besides 918mw of solar thermal power. The latter is different from solar panels in that it makes use of the heat from the sun to generate electricity. Solar panels, on the other hand, use direct sunlight to convert it into electricity.

Given the dramatic growth rate of solar power generation and usage in the United States, the country can soon boast less dependence on other conventional sources of electricity generation.

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