The cumulative solar energy capacity of the United States is growing and California continues to lead the way.

The Lawrence Berkley National Lab is keeping track of solar power capacity, which was driven by projects in the southeast and California.

Last year alone, Americans turned to solar product solutions and brought 4.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar energy online. The Golden State outputted nearly 1 gigawatt of power alone, also adding solar and storage projects on a commercial operational level.

One megawatt of energy translates into about 3.124 million photovoltaic panels.

California also earned the top spot for solar generation in-state percentage with 20 percent. This output includes both residential and commercial solar energy systems.

Costs for installing solar applications are on the downward trend, creating greater accessibility to green technology that can fulfill residential and commercial energy needs.

Consumers are also turning to the Solar Investment Tax Credit, a 26 percent tax break, to bring the cost of solar down even more.

Since the tax credit was enacted about 14 years ago, the U.S. solar industry has expanded by more than 10,000 percent.

It has helped to create jobs and to bring clean, affordable energy solutions into thousands of homes and businesses across California.

The solar tax credit will be reduced by 22 percent in 2021 before it goes away entirely the following year. Businesses will have an extra year to take advantage of the tax benefit.

Aztec Solar offers solar energy solutions that fill the needs at home or at your place of business.

We offer full electricity applications, solar power battery storage, solar pool heating, in-house solar water heating and other solar electrical applications.

Please contact us today to learn more about how solar energy can provide a reliable, clean and affordable source of electricity at home or at work.

We view every solar application as part of a greater solution to a brighter future and stronger planet.

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