700+ Solar Companies Ask For Stronger Solar Legislation From Congress

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2021 18:23:08 +0000

Solar power keeps getting cheaper and keeps growing year after year, now accounting for nearly half of new power capacity in the United States. But coal and fossil methane (also deceivingly called “natural gas”) power plants need to be retired more quickly than they have been. We need to cut emissions more quickly than we […]

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The Role of Solar in Cleaning Up the U.S. Electricity Grid

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2021 04:05:37 +0000

New Report Shows Solar Energy Rapidly Expands, Generating More Electricity in 2035 than All Homes Consume Today and Creating Economic Opportunities Across America

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Solar Activity Was At Record-High Level In USA In 2020

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 23:28:15 +0000

One decade ago, I was writing about the rapid growth of solar power in the United States and the exciting forecast for much more solar growth in the country. The past couple of years have again brought record solar installations in the United States, and record solar activity more broadly. Of course, this is driven […]

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Renewables Became 2nd Most Prevalent U.S. Electricity Source in 2020

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 03:26:15 +0000

In 2020, renewable energy sources (including wind, hydroelectric, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy) generated a record 834 billion kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity, or about 21% of all the electricity generated in the United States. Only natural gas (1,617 billion kWh) produced more electricity than renewables in the United States in 2020. Renewables surpassed both nuclear (790 billion kWh) and coal (774 billion kWh) […]

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Nonfossil Fuel Sources Accounted for 21% of U.S. Energy Consumption in 2020

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2021 14:14:23 +0000

Primary energy consumption totaled 93 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in the United States in 2020, or 7 quads less than in 2019. Fossil fuels — specifically petroleum, natural gas, and coal — accounted for 79% of total U.S. energy consumption in 2020. About 21% of U.S. energy consumption in 2020 came from nonfossil fuel […]

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The United States Consumed a Record Amount of Renewable Energy in 2020

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 17:54:43 +0000

In 2020, consumption of renewable energy in the United States grew for the fifth year in a row, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), or 12% of total U.S. energy consumption. Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019; fossil fuel and […]

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Renewables = 21.6% of US Electricity in 1st Quarter, 25.5% in March

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2021 11:10:28 +0000

Renewable energy’s contribution to United States electricity supply has been growing for years. In just the past three years, renewable energy’s share of US electricity generation in the first quarter of the year has grown by more than three percentage points, from 18.4% in Q1 2019 to 21.6% in Q1 2021. Wind power has been […]

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Solar & Wind Power = 99.7% of New US Electricity Capacity in 1st Quarter of 2021

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2021 04:02:46 +0000

Not including rooftop solar power, solar PV accounted for 36.5% of new US electricity generation capacity in the first quarter of 2021. (Note that we are talking about new power capacity in this article, not electricity generation itself.) Another 63.2% of new US electricity generation capacity came from new wind power plants. Those two combine […]

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Solar & Wind Provided 11% of US Electricity in First 2 Months of 2021

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sun, 09 May 2021 11:10:09 +0000

Following our US Power Capacity Report for the first two months of 2020, which showed that 99.7% of new US power capacity came from solar and wind, we’ve got a US Electricity Generation Report that is much less uplifting. Aside from the fact that 11% is a lot lower than 99.7% (of course), the bad […]

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99.7% of New US Power Capacity = Solar & Wind in January & February

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sat, 08 May 2021 11:10:51 +0000

New US power capacity in the first two months of 2021 came almost exclusively from wind and solar power plants, data from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows. Looking at large-scale power capacity added to the grids across the country (which does not include rooftop solar power), 99.7% came from wind and solar […]

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