The growing popularity of roof-top solar panels is producing more electricity these days, but it’s still too small to make much of a dent in the nation’s power needs, The Houston Chronicle reports.
Consumer solar installations produced an estimated 30 million megawatt hours of electricity last year, the Energy Department reports, compared with less than 1 million megawatt hours in 2007.
One megawatt powers about 200 homes during a hot summer day in Louisiana.
However, the nation set new records last year for electricity generation, driven by a cold winter and hot summer. Power generation increased 4% nationwide last year to 4,178 million megawatt hours. Read the full story.