2014 was a great year for Solar Panels in California, and it’s predicted that 2015 will be even better.
Last year, more than 6,200 MWh of traditional solar capacity was created in the United States- enough energy to power more than one million homes. The State of California was responsible for more than half of that growth, with about 3,550 MWh of capacity installed, according to a report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
As recently announced by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), California now ranks 1st in the country for installed solar capacity, with a total capacity of 9,977 MWh currently installed. There is now enough solar energy installed in the state to power over 2.4 million homes. This makes California the first state in the nation to generate more than 5% of its electricity from solar power.
The Solar Foundation reported that the solar industry employed nearly 55,000 people in California in 2014. A separate report from the AEE projects that the number of people employed by advanced energy companies is expected to increase 17% in this coming year.