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The U.S.' 13-percent share of global solar installations last year marked a 30-year high and the end of a historic 12 months.
Though country received large investments for utility-scale projects, the growth was largely brought on by middle-class homeowners who elected to go green. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association compiled data and graphics in a recent report to drive home what an important year it was for solar. Here are a few samples:
The December report had predicted 100,000 projects by the end of the year.
"We are on the cusp of an unprecedented shift in the U.S. solar market and, by extension, the entire electricity market," said Shayle Kann, vice president of GTM.
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Talk is cheap, says the acting executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, who begged governments around the world to make sure that 2020 is not another year of conferences and empty promises, but instead is the year to take decisive action to stop the mass extinction of wildlife and the destruction of habitat-sustaining ecosystems, as The Guardian reported.