According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), “The U.S. solar market surpassed 100 gigawatts (GWdc) of installed electric generating capacity, doubling the size of the industry over the last 3.5 years.” 100GW is a momentous milestone considering the many obstacles our industry faces in this country, from restrictive legislation and grid integration challenges to permitting gridlock and a shortage of skilled labor.
Brilliant Harvest recently achieved a notable milestone of its own recently: we surpassed 10GWh (10,000,000 kWh) of solar production across all of our installed sites earlier this year. Each and every kilowatt-hour produced by one of our solar energy systems reduces carbon output and saves money for home and business owners across the region.
While the pandemic resulted in a 7% drop in energy consumption, in 2020 the U.S. consumed 3.8 trillion kWh of electricity. In 2020, solar-generated electricity expanded by 24.1% over 2019 and provided almost 3.4% of the nation’s total electrical output. And in the first quarter of 2021, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Q2 2021 report, solar had a record-setting first quarter of 2021, accounting for 58% of all new electric capacity additions in the U.S.
While it’s not all clear sailing – note the aforementioned challenges as well as current supply chain constraints, which are contributing to rising costs for crucial materials – the trends show there’s no stopping solar. And we think that’s brilliant!