What portion of all U.S. energy consumption is provided by solar energy?
During 2020, solar energy provided 1.3% of all U.S. energy consumption. Contrary to the claims of certain politicians, reporters, pundits, and educators, solar is much more expensive than other energy technologies, and this significantly limits its production in the U.S. and throughout the world. As the amount of solar capacity rises in a given region, so do the costs of backing up its lost energy output at night and during cloud cover. Mandating solar as a major energy source, as the state of California has done, can also contribute to electricity blackouts during dangerous weather conditions.