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US solar energy production is getting a big boost this year

Solar panels are shown on top of a Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing-funded (MASH) housing complex in National City, California..
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Solar panels are multiplying rapidly.
By Melvin Backman
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The US Energy Information Administration is projecting solar will be the country’s fastest-growing source of energy this year, with an additional 9 gigawatts of capacity built. California will set the pace with nearly half of that (3.9 gigawatts).

California has led solar production for years. But before you spray champagne on your solar panels in celebration, please note that solar still makes up a very small portion of overall US energy production.

US energy production will still be getting greener. The second-fastest growth area by capacity, natural gas, will likely continue a trend years in the making. Natural gas likely will produce more energy than coal annually for the first time this year.

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