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Solar power in the US is reported to have breezed past the 1 million solar installations milestone two months ago.

Once called “bling for greens,” an array of solar panels visible on the roof of a home is no longer unusual. According to the solar industry trade association, solar installations are increasing rapidly while the cost of solar has come down. The recent upturn in solar was said to be accelerating “at warp speed.”

“It took us 40 years to get to 1 million installations, and it will take us only two years to get to 2 million,” said Dan Whitten, vice president of communications at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

And the amount  of power generated by those 1 million installation now tops 27 gigawatts total capacity. Although that is just 1 percent of U.S. electricity supply, that figure is expected to triple to 3 percent by 2020. Last year also saw a record-breaking 7.3 gigawatts of solar capacity installed across the US.

In Colorado, concern was raised in March by the state chapter of the national trade association that XCEL, the state’s largest utility, could press for regulatory changes that will degrade Colorado’s leadership in solar installations. According to Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, “Colorado used to be a top 5 solar state. We are now in 9th place in total installed capacity and we are 12th in installed capacity for last year because of policies that are falling behind other states.”

Posted May 9, 2016

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