GreenTech Research

Solar jumped 17% in 2015, topping natural gas

The United States installed 7,286 megawatts of solar power in 2015, the largest total ever and a 17 percent jump over 2014. In another first, solar additions topped the expansion of the nation’s natural-gas capacity, with solar adding 29.5 percent of all new electric generating capacity in the United States in 2015. Total U.S. solar installations have now topped 25 gigawatts, up from just 2 gigawatts in 2010. The almost 7.3 gigawatts installed in 2015 is 8.6 times…