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Home solar panel installations are soaring in the US. What’s driving the rise?

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Nearly 4 in every 10 US homeowners have given serious thought to installing solar panels over the past year. Image: Unsplash/Jubbar J.

Rebecca Leppert
Editorial Assistant, Pew Research Center.
Brian Kennedy
Research Associate, Pew Research Center
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A chart showing homeowners in the west most likely to have considered or installed solar panels.
Among homeowners in the Pacific region, 45% say they’ve given serious thought to installing solar panels to generate electricity for their home. Image: Pew Research Center.

A chart showing majority of democratic homeowners say they have seriously considered or already installed home solar panels.
When asked about possible reasons for installing solar panels, almost all homeowners who have installed them or considered doing so (92%) see saving money on bills as a reason. Image: Pew Research Center.
A chart showing most homeowners who have considered installing solar panels want to both save money and the environment.
The federal tax credit for home solar panels was 26% of the installation costs prior to the recent law, which increased that percentage to 30% through 2032. Image: Pew Research Center.

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