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Based on new data, there are now more than 2 million solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the U.S., doubling the number of installations since 2016.

Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)'s data show that it took 40 years to reach the 1 million mark nationally, and 51 percent of those were located in California. The Golden State accounts for 43 percent of the second million, CNBC reports. SEIA says that the drop in share was due "in large part" to the growing and "rapidly diversifying" residential sector across multiple states.

Other states including Texas, Rhode Island, Florida, Utah and Maryland had helped to drive growth, the SEIA added.

Abigail Ross-Hopper, the CEO of the SEIA, said that the organization believed "that the 2020s will be the decade that solar becomes the dominant new form of energy generation."

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