The boom is here: U.S. solar experiences record-smashing year

200,000 people are working in an industry that is revolutionizing the energy sector.

The United States installed a record-smashing 14,762 Megawatts (MW) of solar power in 2016?—?a 97 percent jump over 2015, according to data released Thursday. The industry reports that, for the first time ever, solar was the number one source of new generating capacity, beating out wind and gas.

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