Just glancing through a few of these solar statistics should make you wonder why we haven’t all been using solar. We’ve created this list of statistics to help you both see the need and value of solar and provide potential customers with real reasons to choose solar.
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Without further interruption, here are 24 compelling solar statistics for your enjoyment!
General Solar Statistics
- The U.S. installed 13.3 gigawatts (G.W.) of solar P.V. capacity in 2019 – that’s enough to power 14.5 million homes. (source)
- Solar accounted for 40% of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in 2019. (source)
- Solar accounts for 1.8% of all U.S. power generation. (source)
- Solar has experienced an annual growth rate of 48% for the last decade. (source)
- The U.S. has doubled the number of employees within the solar workforce since 2010 to nearly 250,000. (source)
- The cost to install solar has dropped by 70% in the past 10 years. (source)
- By 2025 25% of solar systems will use some form up battery storage. That’s compared to only 5% today. (source)
- Solar panels can operate and create electricity without direct sunlight. (source)
- New colored solar panels are being designed in Jerusalem. They’re expected to work better than traditional solar panels when there is no direct sunlight. (source)
- Apple, Amazon, Target, and Walmart in order are the 4 corporations that currently use the most solar. (source)
- America’s solar power offsets 70 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. (source)
- The average U.S. residential solar installation averages around 20 panels. (source)
- Solar Star is America’s largest solar farm producing roughly 579MW. It’s 4 times the size of Central Park. (source)
- Solar photovoltaic installers are set to be the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. (source)
Just for Fun Solar Statistics
- The largest solar farm in the world is the Tengger Desert Solar Park, China. (source)
- Puerto Rico has more women working in solar, 45.1%, than any U.S. state. (source)
- The state of California accounts for almost 40% of the U.S. solar production capacity and the most jobs by 60,000+. (source)
- The U.S. currently has 7 floating solar farms. (source)
- Floating solar farms could generate up to 10% of the current U.S. energy needs. (source)
- 40% of the current U.S. power needs could be provided by placing solar panels on rooftops alone. (source)
Solar Statistics: Panel Efficiency
- Since the 1950s, solar panels have gone from 6% efficiency to nearly 40%. (source)
- Solar panels last 20-25 years before they need to be refurbished. Then they can continue being used for a similar amount of time. (source)
- Most solar panels have 20-year warranties, but many of the early installed panels are still working 40 years later. (source)
- 90-97% of decommissioned solar panels can be recycled or sold. (source)
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