Leaders representing the U.S. solar energy industry reported on the potential of solar energy in the U.S. this week. The findings, which were presented at an UNFCCC press briefing in the Bella Center, the hub of activity at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP15), are that solar is capable of meeting 15% of U.S. energy needs by 2020.

The industry estimates that by 2020 more than 880,000 new solar jobs would be created in the U.S. while reducing total energy emissions by 10%.