2023 was the best year for renewables in the US since the Second World War, with solar accounting for most capacity added to electric grids, says the trade group Solar Energy Industries Association. The 32.4 gigawatts that came online in the US shattered the previous high of 23.6 gigawatts recorded in 2021 and accounted for 53% of new capacity. Natural gas was next at a distant 18%. Texas and California led a solar surge driven mostly by utility-scale installations, which jumped 77% year-over-year to 22.5 gigawatts. The residential and commercial sectors also reached new milestones. Supply chain constraints had slowed delivery of solar panels since 2022 because of a claim that Chinese companies were circumventing US tariffs.

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