Global Solar Capacity Set to Surpass Nuclear for the First Time

Global Solar Capacity Set to Surpass Nuclear for the First Time
Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American via AP

The global solar market has been downgraded for 2017. A worrying sign? Hardly.

Even with a 4-gigawatt downward adjustment in projected installations, it's still going to be a record-breaking year for new solar capacity additions -- yet again.

The 81 gigawatts expected this year are more than double the amount of solar capacity installed in 2014. And it's 32 times more solar deployed a decade ago. (In the year 2000, global installations totaled 150 megawatts.)

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