According to the most recent issue of the "Monthly Energy Review" by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through June 30, 2013, solar energy production grew by 32.46% in 2013.
Renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, solar, and wind) provided 9.81% of U.S. energy consumption and 11.82% of domestic energy production for the first half of 2013. Among the renewable energy sources, solar’s share during the first half of 2013 was 3.19%.
Compared to the same time frame in 2012, overall renewable energy production, including conventional hydropower, was 2.00% higher while production from non-hydro renewables grew by 4.13%.
Compared with 2003, production from all renewable energy sources, including conventional hydropower, is about 60% higher in 2013; production from non-hydro renewable energy sources has more than doubled. Specifically, domestic energy production from solar is now approximately five times higher than in 2003. By comparison domestic energy production from fossil fuels has increased by about 11% and from nuclear power by only 1% during the past decade.
Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign, commented: "Renewable sources, particularly solar, wind, and biofuels, have been the real growth industries in the energy market over the past decade. If recent trends continue, they will eventually eclipse both fossil fuels and nuclear power."
EIA's entire "Monthly Energy Review" can be found here.