The Amount Of Energy Created From Solar This Year Is Way Ahead Of Last Year [CHART]

The U.S. generated 730 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity in the first two months of 2013, 227% more than the same period in 2012, according to new EIA data.

We’re also already 10% into the total amount generated for all of 2012 — and we’re not even in the sunniest parts of the year.

Here’s the chart. This year’s on pace to set new records:

solar gen chart


Meanwhile, coal generation is up 8%, while natgas generation is down 8% for the period. Natural gas prices had climbed back to $4 for the first time in months.

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