A new report by the U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy documents the accelerated deployment of five clean energy technologies thriving in the U.S. market: wind, utility-scale and rooftop solar technologies, electric vehicles and highly efficient LED lighting. According to he report, Revolution Now 2016, in 2015:
- Wind and solar PV accounted for over two thirds of all new generating capacity installed;
- Land-based wind accounted for 41 percent of all new capacity brought online.
- Utility-scale solar generated enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes. It also represented 15 percent of all newly installed capacity.
- More than 1 million distributed PV systems were installed on American homes and businesses.
- Total installations of A-type LED bulbs exceeded 200 million, 160 percent higher than 2014.
As economies of scale grew, all these technologies also saw rapid decreases in cost.