How Much Solar Energy is There?

It's estimated that about one-third solar power comes from small-scale photovoltaic generation. Now that estimate will be a more accurate count as the federal government begins a more diligent measurement. The Energy Information Administration will begin to count small-scale solar PV generation by state and sector in an effort to understand how much solar energy comes from roofs, in addition to community solar farms and utility-scale solar projects. Learn about the methods EIA used to calculate the generation of megawatt-hours, where your state falls in small distributed PV capacity and where to access all the information in full reports.


Clean Power Plan encourages solar development

By signing two documents in 2015, one in August and the other in December, President Obama ushered in a new era in American energy production.

Innovation advances the solar power industry

In the past century, industrial innovation has advanced at a faster pace than ever before. People born in the sod huts of the Great Plains settlers grew old in the eras of supersonic air travel and men walking on the moon. As the environmental challenges posed by that growth became apparent, international industry turned its attention to mitigating the damaging effects caused by the smokestacks of mechanization.

Solar energy industry will respond to Paris agreement

Three independent forces are converging to push the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry to the top of the renewable energy list. As America emerges from the Great Recession, people are finding work in the solar PV industry and saving money on their utility bills by installing solar PV systems on their homes and businesses. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is crafting new standards to limit the amount of carbon dioxide emissions by public and private utility companies. And, in December 2015, leaders from almost every country in the world met in Paris and agreed to work together to significantly reduce their national carbon emissions. As far as renewable energy goes, the world is on a roll.