The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), along with its members and allies across the energy system, have set an ambitious goal: solar energy will comprise 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030. To reach this target, the industry must work collaboratively across technologies and industries to build a strong Solar+ economy.
A vision for radical market transformation
Over the next 10 years, the Solar+ Decade will be built on collaboration and partnerships to overcome systemic challenges that limit widescale adoption of solar and other clean energy technologies. To achieve 20% of generation, wind, solar and storage must work together to transform a complex and interrelated world of markets, customers and electricity systems. That's why the 2020s won't just be the Solar Decade – it will be the Solar+ Decade, where Solar + Storage, Solar + Grid Modernization, Solar + Diversity, Solar + Trade, Solar + Finance, and many other collaborations shape the future of energy in America.
To achieve this goal, the industry will need to grow at an average annual rate of 18% over the 2020s, installing an average of 39 gigawatts (GW) each year. The massive growth the solar industry has seen over the last decade will need to continue, reaching annual installation levels in 2030 that are more than 7 times greater than what the industry deployed in 2018. Reaching 20% of generation from solar will result in hundreds of thousands of new U.S. jobs, more than 14 million solar rooftops, and 500 million metric tons of CO2 emissions offset each year.