In part one of our two part series discussing solar energy statistics here in the US, we are going to focus on the fundamental solar energy stats, solar jobs and the cost & efficiency of using solar energy. What does commercial and residential solar energy have to do with the automotive industry? Everything. In fact, the same technology being used to make photovoltaic panels cheaper and more efficient for our homes, is also being used to make solar powered cars more efficient as well.
As the solar energy industry grows, we will begin to see solar powered applications in use just about everywhere. We are going to take a look at some interesting US solar energy statistics that show just how quickly the use of solar power is growing. Let’s get started:
US Solar Energy Statistics Part I
Basic Solar Energy Stats
- At the end of 2018, the U.S. had 64.2 GW of installed solar.
- The US installed 10.6 GW of solar in 2018 alone.
- Solar energy accounts for 1.6% of total U.S. electricity generation.
- Solar has ranked in the top 2 for capacity added to the U.S. electric total every year since 2013.
- There are more than 1.47 million solar panels in use across the contiguous 48 states.
- American solar power offsets over 70 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. That’s like planting almost 1.2 billion trees!
- The average U.S. residential solar installation is around 20 panels, or about 5KW.
- Approximately 2,500 MW of utility-scale solar is under construction right now.
- The fastest-growing job in America is “Solar Photovoltaic Installer”.
- America has over 242,000 solar workers.
- The fastest-growing solar job market in 2018 is Kansas with more than 66% growth over the previous year.
- Puerto Rico beats all 50 U.S. states in percentage of solar jobs held by women at 45.1%.
- California accounts for almost 40% of U.S. solar capacity and over 30% of solar jobs.
Cost & Efficiency
- The price of solar energy has decreased by more than 70% since 2010.
- Solar panel efficiency has increased from 6% in 1954 to over 40% today.
- Most solar panels have 20-year warranties, but many of the earliest-installed panels are still working 40 years later at 80% efficiency or more.
- 90-97% of a decommissioned solar panel’s materials can be recycled or sold.
So, there you have it, Part I of our two part series examining solar energy statistics here in the US. There is a lot to learn about today’s solar energy and Aptera is here to share our knowledge and introduce the world to the possibilities of solar energy and solar powered cars.
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