Still think those embracing solar power are those who are so rich they can afford to lie by the pool on beach towels made of cash? (Or are so into environmentalism they only need solar panels to power the tree houses built into the trees they hug?) Not so fast, says the Center for American Progress.
For months, much of the country has been submerged in polar vortexes, blizzards, snow, and just plain bitter cold, but as the calendar pages rapidly turn towards spring, there is some sunnier news to greet those emerging from their igloos on the east coast — namely, that the US solar energy market ticked up 41% in 2013. According to a new report by Greentech Media and Solar Energy Industries Association, “solar made up 29 percent of new energy-generating capacities in the U.S. in 2013,” with more than 440,000 operational solar systems in the country by year’s end.