Cultivating the energy of the sun – science news, April 8, 1972
More and more scientists and engineers are beginning to believe that solar conversion will account for a significant portion of the world’s future energy needs… What has changed the atmosphere lately is… the possibility of mounting large-scale units,” solar energy farms. ” that would compete with power plants in the megawatt range and above.
Solar energy production in the United States increased as solar panels became cheaper to manufacture and more efficient in electricity generation (NS: 3/1/08, p. 133). Since the first solar power plant in the US opened in 1982, thousands more have been built, bringing the country’s current solar capacity to more than 100 gigawatts. In 2021, solar energy accounted for almost 3 percent of the electricity produced in the United States. And the future looks bright: solar energy and storage are projected to account for more than 60 percent of new generating capacity on the US electric grid from 2022 to 2023, according to the US Energy Information Administration.