Growth of clean energy jobs, 2019 to 2050

As nearly $400 billion in Inflation Reduction Act investments boost renewable energy projects, much of the economic benefits are going to rural America.

Rooftop solar can provide economical and reliable clean electricity.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday approved a rule to expand “community solar,” which could boost solar access and help lower utility bills for renters and people who can’t put solar panels on their own rooftops. Read more

California hits a historic milestone for renewable energy production

California hits a historic milestone for renewable energy production

Renewable energy has supplied 100 percent of California’s energy demand for at least 15 minutes and up to six hours per day during 30 of the last 38 days— a historic renewables milestone for the state. Read more

Massive growth in solar powers renewables market in 2023

In 2023, the U.S. solar market installed 32.4 GWdc (gigawatts direct current) of capacity, a remarkable 51% increase from 2022. This was the industry’s biggest year by far, exceeding 30 GWdc of capacity for the first time. Solar accounted for 53% of all new electricity-generating capacity added to the U.S. grid in 2023, slightly ahead of the forecasted 52% of added capacity for 2023. Read more

Planned potential improved transmission model connects renewable energy to cities that need power.

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a new approach to grid planning that could make it possible to power your home or business with the nation’s best and lowest-cost wind and solar energy, no matter where you live. Read more

Electrical transmission tower and power lines

This week the Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $366 million for 17 projects across rural and remote American communities. The funding will accelerate the development of clean, sustainable energy deployment with community driven projects such as building microgrids to ensure energy security with reliable, affordable energy.

Rural and remote communities face a unique set of energy challenges due to their small populations and isolation from larger electrical systems, resulting in higher electric bills, unreliable energy supplies, and/or no access to electricity at all. Read more

3 Main Types of Solar Panels: Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, and Thin-film

What type of solar panels are right for you? There are 3 main types of panels: each has pros and cons.

IRA - Private Clean Energy Investments in the U.S.

IRA - Private Clean Energy Investments in the U.S.

In addition to spurring private investment in large-scale clean energy deployment, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) created home energy programs for consumers, local officials, and advocates. To spread the word, several federal agencies have launched hubs to help organizations and consumers learn about the programs:

This Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program  is launching a new Incentive Finder to help consumers choose home energy products that qualify for benefits such as tax rebates. Read more

BLM proposes solar development plans on selected public lands

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a draft roadmap — known as the updated Western Solar Plan — that outlines proposed solar energy development across the West.  The plan is designed to expand solar energy production overall, and to streamline siting and project permitting on U.S. public lands.

The plan is an update of BLM’s 2012 Western Solar Plan, that identified land having high solar potential and low resource conflicts to guide responsible solar development in the original six states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The updated plan adds areas in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Read more

Graph: Manufacturing electricity demand intensity and rooftop solar PVs supply intensity ranges.

A recent study investigated the technical feasibility of using rooftop solar PV to cover the net annual electricity needs of industry across all U.S. states and manufacturing sectors. Modeled electricity supply intensity for solar PV arrays is compared with the electricity demand per unit of floorspace for average manufacturing buildings derived from the U.S. Department of Energy Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey.

Manufacturing buildings typically have large, flat rooftops that are ideal for solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays, yet less than 1% of industrial electricity demand in the U.S. is currently powered by on-site solar installations.

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