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Solar power is used to generate large amounts of power on a utility scale and to supply individual residences and businesses with electricity.
This report focuses mainly on utility-scale, commercial, and residential solar power.
This form of solar power is increasing in popularity.
The solar industry includes workers in science, engineering, manufacturing, construction, and installation.Although some areas of the United States are better suited for solar power than others, solar energy can be harnessed in any geographic area because of the sun's vast reach.In 2009, California had by far the most solar power capacity at 1102 megawatts, followed by New Jersey with 128 megawatts.Continued growth is expected because solar power has many environmental benefits and is decreasing in price, which will allow it to become increasingly competitive with fossil fuels.The relatively steep cost of solar power compared with traditional sources of electricity generation is caused by the high cost of manufacturing and installing solar panels.