Electric power companies and utilities are reporting record-high power output in a record-breaking month for solar energy in North America.
The U.S. grid is now in the midst of a power surge that was first seen in mid-December.
The surge was first detected by the U.N. climate agency on Dec. 18, and the surge is continuing, with an average increase of 1.6 percent per day.
That is the largest monthly increase since January 2013.
The latest surge comes on top of a record surge of 3.5 percent in December, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
It is the biggest increase since the solar power boom in the late 1990s.
The solar boom peaked in 2015, but then dipped.
It then peaked in 2017.
Solar power has been surging since 2009 and then continued to increase during the solar boom.
But it has since peaked.
The average U. S. electricity consumer has increased its consumption of solar power by 9.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), according to a report from the Edison Electric Institute, an industry group.
That represents an increase of about 14 percent from January 2017.
The group projects solar will account for about 80 percent of U.s. electricity by 2030.
The rise in solar power is particularly notable because it was mostly created by rooftop solar.
The growth in solar installations is being driven by companies like SolarCity and Sunrun, which are taking advantage of the solar price advantage.
SolarCity said last week it has installed 2.7 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy capacity in the U