WAPO: The U.S. solar industry is doing just fine under Trump — for now

Coming off a record year for U.S. solar installations in 2016, the first quarter of 2017 wasn’t so bad either, according to data released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the industry’s lead trade group. The U.S. saw the installation of more than 2 gigawatts, or billion watts, of new solar capacity, a quarter of it on individual rooftops, according to a Thursday report by SEIA and GTM Research. … Solar now provides about 1.6 percent of U.S. electricity, according to SEIA — reflecting 44.7 total installed gigawatts in the U.S. — and should reach 2 percent by the end of this year. Wind supplies about 6 percent — but solar has had very rapid growth lately.

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