Solar electricity grew by 16% from 2022, which is a relatively modest increase due to the solar capacity used in 2022 in 2021. Over the course of the year, the sun has covered 5% of all electricity so far, and emission-free sources account for more than 43%.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its latest Electric Power Monthly update, which provides data through the end of April. The update reveals that solar generation grew 16.6% from April of the previous year, accounting for just over 7% of all electricity generated in the US, up from 6% in 2022.
Solar energy has produced 5% of all electricity this year. When comparing the full year’s data to April, solar energy production has increased by 14.2%.
The growth rate of solar energy in 2023 is predicted to be less strong than in previous years, due to the introduction of total capacity in 2022. In 2022, the total solar electricity production used decreased by 16% compared to 2021 and was 20.2 GW. With the decline in 2022 deployments, total U.S. solar capacity rose to 141 GW by the end of the year, according to data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie Renewables & Power, an increase of just over 16.9%.
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