What does the future of solar energy look like in the United States? Let’s see the latest projections by the Department of Energy:
As of September 2021, solar energy provided 3% of US electricity.
By 2035, it is expected to increase to 40%. By 2050, 45% of electricity will likely come from 1600 gigawatts alternating current (GWac) of solar energy production.
The US installed around 15 GWac of solar in 2020.
To meet the goal of 95% grid decarbonization by 2035, the US would need to install 30 GWac each year until 2025, then 60 GWac annually from 2025 to 2030.
Based on these growth goals, 500,000 to 1.5 million people in the US could be employed in solar energy jobs by 2035.
By 2050, solar energy could provide 30% of buildings’ energy needs, 14% of transportation, and 8% of industrial energy needs through electrification in these sectors.
— Source: US Department of Energy