Solar power accounts for less than one percent of the country’s electricity generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The industry got off to a slow start. The creation of the first silicon solar cell in 1954 could have ushered in a golden age of clean energy; instead we got more coal, petroleum, and natural gas.
But the U.S. is tapping into the plentiful resource of solar energy more and more.
In 2006, the federal government created the Solar Investment Tax Credit, a 30-percent credit for solar systems installed on both residential and commercial properties. This fed a surge of job creation across all 50 states, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), a trade group representing solar companies.
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