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According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2018, about 17% of the electricity generated was from renewable sources (primarily wind, solar & hydropower), with 1.6% coming from solar.

In early 2019, the Solar Foundation released its National Solar Census, which shows that, since 2017, the total number of jobs in the industry has now fallen for the second year in a row. 242,343 people were employed in solar jobs in 2018, a 3.2% decline on the previous year. That comes after the industry contracted by 3.8% in 2017, primarily as a result of tariffs.

The outlook for jobs in the industry is expected to improve in 2019 due to a backlog of utility-scale projects and new policy incentives in key U.S. states. The Solar Foundation has forecast a 7% increase in jobs for this year, bringing the total to 259,400.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, October 2021

CURRENT NEWS

Solar Market Insight Report Q2 2024

06/10/24
In Q1 2024, the US solar market installed 11.8 GWdc of capacity, a record first quarter for the industry. It was the industry’s second-largest quarter of installations in history, second only to the previous quarter,…
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There are over 5 million solar installations in the United States, delivering clean, affordable, reliable energy to American communities.

05/16/24
It took America 50 years to reach 5 million solar installations and it will only take us 6 years to reach 10 million. The number of solar installations in the U.S. will double by 2030…
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Can solar and wind ever match the rollout rates of nuclear power in the 1970s and 1980s?

By Hannah Ritchie 05/15/24
The speed of nuclear deployment in the 1970s and 1980s was seriously impressive. I was reminded of this a few months ago when a reader sent me the following chart from a 2016 paper by…
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Biden to Hike Tariffs on China EVs and Offer Solar Exclusions

By Josh Wingrove, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Eric Martin 05/13/24
President Joe Biden will quadruple tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles and sharply increase levies for other key industries this week, unveiling the measures at a White House event framed as a defense of American workers,…
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Giant Batteries Are Transforming the Way the U.S. Uses Electricity

By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich 05/07/24
California draws more electricity from the sun than any other state. It also has a timing problem: Solar power is plentiful during the day but disappears by evening, just as people get home from work…
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First continental scale study weighs floating solar panels against new dam construction

By Sarah DeWeerdt 05/07/24
Floating solar panels on existing hydropower reservoirs could, in the best-case scenario, make it unnecessary to construct any of the new hydropower dams currently planned in Africa, according to a new analysis. The study is…
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Column: It’s time for a grand bargain to end California’s solar squabbling

By Sammy Roth 05/02/24
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointees could vote next week on a widely criticized plan that climate activists, solar installers and labor unions say would pointlessly slow California’s efforts to phase out fossil fuels and limit energy…
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Solar is about to get a lot more affordable for low-income households

By Alison F. Takemura 04/24/24
The Biden administration is making a historic $7 billion investment in solar initiatives for low-income families. The funding will help nearly half of U.S. states to create such programs for the first time — and…
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Two Texas Groups will Receive Over $405 Million to Deliver Residential Solar, Lowering Energy Costs and Advancing Environmental Justice

04/23/24
As the Biden-Harris Administration celebrates Earth week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the Texas Solar For All Coalition will receive $249.7 million and the Clean Energy Fund of Texas will receive $156.120 million through…
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Rooftop solar panels are flooding California’s grid. That’s a problem.

By Shannon Osaka 04/22/24
In sunny California, solar panels are everywhere. They sit in dry, desert landscapes in the Central Valley and are scattered over rooftops in Los Angeles’s urban center. By last count, the state had nearly 47…
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Using solar panels like THIS is a no-brainer! California’s doing it

04/04/24
California is about to try an idea that could save billions of gallons of water each year and produce enough clean energy to power a city the size of Los Angeles for nine months of…
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Energy company builds high-temperature concentrated solar systems for round-the-clock power: ‘Trying to solve the problem of intermittency’

By Susan Elizabeth Turek 03/18/24
An energy company that offers round-the-clock power is bringing day to night with technology that originated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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KEY RESOURCES

A Decade of U.S. Solar Growth

04/03/24
The energy sector (including electricity, heat, and transportation) is the largest source of heat-trapping emissions both globally and in the U.S. Producing carbon-free electricity from renewable energy sources is therefore key to meeting global and…

Sign up for community solar

02/12/24
Community solar programs let you tap into the benefits of clean energy without the hassle and cost of rooftop panels. With just one simple click, you can cut as much as 15% off your power…

U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Geological Survey Release Online Public Database of Large-Scale Solar Facilities

11/08/23
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) released the largest and most comprehensive database to date on large-scale solar energy projects in the United States.…

5 Ways Community Solar Empowers Solar for All

07/06/23
Solar power is a long-lasting and cost-cutting renewable energy solution, but installing a home solar panel system isn’t feasible for everyone. Luckily, the benefits of solar aren’t limited to those who have panels on their…

Solar Market Insight Report 2022 Q2

06/08/22
In Q1 2022, the US solar market installed 3.9 GWdc of solar capacity, a 24% decrease from Q1 2021 and a 52% decrease from Q4 2021. This represents the weakest quarter for US solar installations…

Do Solar Panels Work in the Winter?

05/06/22
A cold climate does not stop power generation from solar panels. Solar cells thrive in cold-weather states during the winter. But power production is generally lower during the winter compared to summer due to shorter…

Federal Solar Tax Credit Guide (2022)

05/03/22
Since 2005, the federal government has incentivized homeowners to switch to solar through the solar investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit. Currently, this tax credit lets you claim 26%…

How solar power works

02/11/22
Solar energy is quickly becoming a more popular and affordable power source for homeowners and businesses. With residential solar energy, you can lower your carbon footprint and see substantial cost savings.

Investing in a Clean Energy Future: Solar Energy Research, Deployment, and Workforce Priorities

09/13/21
The immediate need for action on climate change has been made clear in the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Limiting the rise in global temperatures would help avoid future catastrophic…

Solar Power Solutions Brief

03/10/21
Solar power has expanded dramatically in recent years, becoming the leading technology installed for new power generation around the world. In 2019, it accounted for 45% of global capacity added. Last year, solar power became…

2035 Report

10/01/20
Scientists say we must cut global carbon emissions in half by 2030 to avoid catastrophic climate impacts.

Solar carports: how do they work and how much do they cost?

04/25/20
While a typical carport or patio cover provides shading and is undoubtedly a value-add for a home or automobile owner, its one-dimensional simplicity is a missed opportunity. If you’re a PV fanatic following emerging technologies in the solar industry,…

Depreciation of Solar Energy Property in MACRS

04/20/20
Businesses rely on policy certainty to make long-term investment decisions. SEIA supports smart tax policy that drives continued innovation in the solar industry. Depreciation is one aspect of the tax code that facilitates greater investment…

California Solar Data Current Through: Q4 2019

03/28/20
California has the largest solar market in the U.S. and has been a longtime champion of solar because of the many economic and environmental benefits it provides, including $57 billion in investment in the state.

Calculate your solar panel savings

02/22/20
Use this solar panel calculator to quickly estimate your solar potential and savings by address. Estimates are based on your roof, electricity bill, and actual offers in your area.

Top Solar Energy Facts e-book

01/15/20
Scientists estimate that more than enough solar energy strikes the planet every hour to power the entire globe for a full year.

Solar Power Events

01/06/20
Solar Power Events, the premier events series for the North American solar & storage markets, is presented by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) & Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). Alongside North America Smart Energy Week,…

Go solar: top 10 benefits of solar energy

12/06/19
There are many reasons why homeowners go solar, but improving the environment and cutting energy costs are the most common. Many people are aware that solar is a great home efficiency upgrade and are eager…

Coalition for Community Solar Access

07/08/19
The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) is a national Coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand customer choice and access to solar to all American households and businesses through community solar. Community solar…

Vote Solar

07/04/19
Since 2002, Vote Solar has been working to lower solar costs and expand solar access. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Vote Solar advocates for state policies and programs needed to repower our electric grid with clean…

Solar Energy Industry Association

12/15/18
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) is the driving force behind solar energy and is building a strong solar industry to power America through advocacy and education. As the national trade association in the U.S.,…

Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar

03/01/19
The United States has enough solar energy installed to power over 11 million American homes. America’s cities and towns play a key role in driving the adoption of clean, renewable energy. Yet, most have only…

MORE NEWS

Solar Panels Spread Across America’s Heartland as Farmers Chase Stable Returns

By Ilena Peng, Michael Hirtzer, and Will Wade   03/07/24  
For Stuart Woolf, who grows wine grapes, almonds and other specialty crops in California, solar power is a necessary compromise as farming gets more challenging. Woolf, who has 1,200 acres of panels on his farm…
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New policy proposal dims hopes of reviving community solar in California

By Jeff St. John   03/06/24  
A three-year effort to revamp California’s moribund community-solar market, spurred by state law and backed by solar industry groups, consumer advocates, environmental-justice organizations, labor unions and the state’s homebuilding industry, may now be in jeopardy.
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Solar hits a renewable energy milestone not seen since WWII

By Tik Root   03/06/24  
Solar accounted for most of the capacity the nation added to its electric grids last year. That feat marks the first time since World War II, when hydropower was booming, that a renewable power source…
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Large New Hampshire solar projects face delays trying to connect to power grid

By Sarah Shemkus   03/06/24  
When conveyor belt manufacturer Wire Belt opened its new facility in Bedford, N.H., last fall, the company looked forward to saving money and fighting climate change with a 2,400-panel solar array installed on the roof.
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Low-income communities will soon get $7 billion for local solar

By Alison F. Takemura   02/29/24  
Per a new analysis of 35 proposed state programs, the historic climate-law funding would benefit more than 700,000 low-income households. Here’s how.
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Climbing icon and philanthropist Alex Honnold talks energy access and solar power

By Alex Honnold   02/27/24  
Legendary climber turned solar energy advocate Alex Honnold speaks with Canary Media’s Maria Virginia Olano about the Honnold Foundation and his passion for environmental advocacy and energy equity. He also explains how his climbing values…
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Solar heavyweight strikes recycling deal

By Ben Geman   02/12/24  
1 big thing: America's air quality "climate penalty"
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The Planet Needs Solar Power. Can We Build It Without Harming Nature?

By Catrin Einhorn   02/11/24  
For pronghorn, those antelope-like creatures of the American West, this grassland north of Flagstaff is prime habitat. It gives the animals the food and conditions they need to survive fall and winter.
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Welcome to the Solar Car Challenge web site!

02/05/24  
The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 to help motivate students in science and engineering, and to increase alternative energy awareness. The Challenge teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy…
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Column: Biden’s Western solar plan sounds scary. But it’s better than climate change

By Sammy Roth   02/01/24  
A single federal agency oversees nearly a quarter-billion acres of public lands — and those acres could play a key role in fighting climate change by hosting vast fields of solar panels and wind turbines…
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Texas set records for solar power Sunday, ERCOT says

By Annasofia Scheve   02/01/24  
Texas soaked up the sun this week. It set a record Sunday when over a third of electricity on the power grid at one point was coming from the sun's rays. Solar power accounted for…
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‘It only makes sense’: Houses of worship adding solar arrays

By Izzy Ross   01/29/24  
On a Sunday morning in Charlevoix, people gather in the small, one-room building of the Greensky Hill Indian United Methodist Church. They sing hymns in English and Anishinaabemowin. At the pulpit, Pastor Jonathan Mays is…
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It Could Soon Get a Whole Lot Easier to Build Solar in The Western US

By Wyatt Myskow   01/26/24  
The Biden administration has outlined how it could dramatically expand the public lands available to streamline solar development in the Western U.S., a major step that could help sustain the surge in solar energy projects…
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The US’s largest solar + battery storage project just came online

By Michelle Lewis   01/25/24  
The US’s largest solar + battery storage project, Edwards & Sanborn, has come online in Kern County, California.
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US unveils solar energy plan for western public lands

By Nichola Groom and Toby Chopra   01/18/24  
The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a proposal for solar energy projects on federal lands that identifies 22 million acres in 11 western states best suited for development.
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The Pentagon, one of the world’s largest buildings, is getting rooftop solar

By Michelle Lewis   01/18/24  
The US Department of Defense will install rooftop solar on the Pentagon as part of the Biden administration’s plan to “reestablish the federal government as a sustainability leader.”
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Solar Industry Responds to Bureau of Land Management Opening 22M Acres of Federal Lands to Solar

01/17/24  
Today the Bureau of Land Management released a revised environmental review of the Western Solar Plan, also known as the Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). This new document will govern leasing public lands for…
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Significant Progress to Catalyze Solar Energy Development Throughout the West

01/17/24  
The Department of the Interior today announced an updated roadmap for solar energy development across the West, designed to expand solar energy production in more Western states and make renewable energy siting and permitting on…
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California Has Dealt a Blow to Renewable Energy, Some Businesses Say

By Ivan Penn   01/14/24  
California has long championed renewable energy, but a change in the state’s policies last year has led to a sharp decline in the installation of residential rooftop solar in the state.
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Solar expected to be top source of new US generation through 2025, adding 79 GW: EIA

By Diana DiGangi   01/11/24  
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects electric generation from solar to be the leading source of growth in the U.S. power sector through the end of 2025, with 79 GW of new solar capacity projected…
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Rooftop-solar industry blames PG&E, Newsom as Bay Area businesses struggle

By Ethan Baron   01/07/24  
Bay Area rooftop-solar businesses are reeling from a statewide change that gutted compensation for homeowners returning surplus power to the electrical grid, causing applications for new solar to plunge to a 10-year low and leading…
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Electric vehicles owners and solar rooftops find mutual attraction

By Alexa St. John   12/16/23  
When Jim Selgo moved to his home in Goodyear, Arizona in 2019, he quickly had rooftop solar installed, having had a positive experience with solar at his previous home. Less than a year later, motivated…
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A US car dealership group just installed 10,000 rooftop solar panels

By Michelle Lewis   11/30/23  
Austin-headquartered Freedom Solar Power, which works directly with automakers such as Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, Volvo, Audi, and Hyundai/Genesis to install rooftop solar for their franchised dealers, installed the solar panels for Group 1 Automotive.
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China’s Remote Deserts Are Hiding an Energy Revolution

By Bloomberg News   11/27/23  
Out of the rolling yellow dunes of the Kubuqi desert arises what appears to be an oasis, shimmering blue beneath the northern China sky.
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D.C. region sets new goals for solar adoption

By Lori Aratani   11/25/23  
The Washington region’s planning body has endorsed new solar energy goals as part of a strategy it hopes will help the area meet a 2030 goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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These remarkable floating solar panels solve one of the biggest problems with sun-based energy — here’s how they work

By Rick Kazmer   11/25/23  
In this case, electricity and water are a great combination, sometimes providing new life for forgotten lagoons that were created for past industrial efforts. Bloomberg reported that an old coal pit can be turned into…
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A Native American tribe is about to put solar panels over its canals

By Michelle Lewis   11/21/23  
The Gila River Indian Community signed a project partnership agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers to put solar panels over its canals.
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Column: California strikes another blow against rooftop solar

By Sammy Roth   11/16/23  
Just a few weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom returned from a trip to China that he claimed was focused on tackling the climate crisis, his appointees back home voted to slash financial incentives for rooftop…
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One of the world’s largest floating solar panel farms spans over 45 football fields — and could be the key to energy production

By Rick Kazmer   11/16/23  
A giant solar panel flotilla in Singapore is proving its viability two years into operations.
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Intersect’s 679MW US solar-storage project starts operations

By Global Data   11/16/23  
American clean energy company Intersect Power has begun commercial operations on its 679MW Oberon solar plus storage project in Riverside County in the US state of California.
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US DOE picks three solar companies to install rooftop solar and batteries in Puerto Rico

By Simon Yuen   11/08/23  
US residential solar companies Sunrun, Sunnova and power product supplier Generac have been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to install rooftop solar and battery storage systems for vulnerable households in Puerto Rico.
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This Number Helps Explain Why Rooftop Solar Is Becoming More Attractive in Many States

By Dan Gearino   10/19/23  
About 5 percent of U.S. households have rooftop solar, a share that may seem like a lot, but it looks low compared to places like Germany (about 20 percent) and Australia (about 30 percent).
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The World Has Already Crossed a ‘Tipping Point’ on Solar Power

By Sana Pashankar   10/19/23  
Solar power is set to dominate global electricity markets within the next few decades, and may have already reached an “irreversible tipping point,” according to a study published this week in Nature Communications. The study…
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Major solar panel plant opens in US amid backdrop of industry worries about low-priced Asian imports

By Jeff Amy   10/18/23  
A South Korean company has begun production at a huge new solar panel factory in Georgia even as industry leaders say surging Asian imports could dampen efforts to make more solar components in the United…
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3 counties could power over 250,000 homes with clean energy with one change: ‘Imagine our entire state’s potential’

By Jane Donohue   10/14/23  
Anew analysis demonstrates that three Southern California counties could power over 270,000 homes by lining their highways with solar energy infrastructure
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A Reality Check About Solar Panel Waste and the Effects on Human Health

By Dan Gearino   10/12/23  
Having sat in many community hearings about solar power development, I am used to vivid descriptions of how photovoltaic panels might as well be dripping with harmful substances that will sicken people and livestock.
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Energy Firms, Green Groups and Others Reach Deal on Solar Farms

By Ivan Penn   10/12/23  
Solar developers, environmentalists, farming groups and tribal organizations said on Thursday that they had reached an agreement that could make it easier in the United States to build large solar farms, which have attracted stiff…
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Column: Solar companies and environmentalists say they’re ready to stop fighting. They’d better be

By Sammy Roth   10/11/23  
The United States has more than enough sunlight and wind to keep electricity flowing to our homes and businesses and factories most hours of most days — if only we could stop fighting over where…
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Half of Americans can’t install solar panels. Here’s how they can plug into the sun.

By Michael J. Coren   10/10/23  
No roof, no solar power. That has been the dispiriting equation shutting out roughly half of all Americans from plugging into the sun. But signing up for solar soon might be as easy as subscribing…
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Making Solar Energy as Clean as Can Be Means Fitting Square Panels Into the Circular Economy

By Emma Peterson and Wyatt Myskow   10/09/23  
Even for the most enthusiastic boosters of renewable energy, it’s hard to argue that solar panels provide truly clean electricity if, at the end of their lives, many of them end up in landfills.
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How the Federal Government Can Hold the Oil and Gas Industry Accountable

By Mariel Lutz and Jenny Rowland-Shea   09/19/23  
The oil and gas industry has long taken advantage of the leasing and drilling system on America’s public lands and waters. For years, some of the top leaseholders have faced minimal consequences for repeatedly violating…
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Florida is now adding more solar power than any other state

By Eric Wesoff   09/15/23  
Florida has long ranked a distant third place behind California and Texas in installed solar, but it’s now installing more solar panels than any other state — despite a policy landscape that’s considerably more challenging…
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Chart: Solar installations set to break global, US records in 2023

By Eric Wesoff and Maria Virginia Olano   09/15/23  
The solar industry is having yet another record-setting growth year, globally and in the U.S. A perfect storm of policy, incentives and still-plummeting costs has made solar the clear choice for new generation capacity worldwide.
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Bechtel to build 190MWac solar project in Posey County, Indiana

By GlobalData   09/13/23  
US-based engineering corporation Bechtel has secured a contract from Arevon Energy to design and build a 190MWac solar project in Posey County, Indiana.
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Solar Is Keeping the Texas Grid Running. Next Month’s Eclipse Will Be a New Test

By Naureen S Malik   09/08/23  
Texas quickly spiraled into a power emergency on Wednesday night when record September demand and a drop in supply prompted appeals to consumers to conserve electricity to avoid blackouts. Hot, humid weather put the squeeze…
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Democrats’ climate law projected to drive record increase in U.S. solar installations, report finds

By Kelsey Tamborrino   09/07/23  
The U.S. solar industry is expected to grow by more than 50 percent this year amid new investments stemming from Democrats' climate law, according to a market report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and…
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With a Crippled Energy Grid, Puerto Rico Turned to Solar Power. (Spoiler: It’s Working)

By Dan Avery   09/02/23  
On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico and devastated the island's aging and inefficient power grid.
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Opinion Electric cars and solar cells rely on Chinese minerals. Here’s how to curb the risks.

By The Editorial Board   08/25/23  
The U.S. transition to cleaner energy technology is underway, supported by new incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act. Benefits to the planet could be significant. Yet so could the geopolitical risks to the United States.…
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At 30%, Solar Panel Tax Credits Are at a High Point for Now

By Ann Carrns   08/25/23  
Americans are increasingly turning to rooftop solar panels to save money on their energy bills, and over the next decade, federal tax credits can help reduce the cost of installing them. Tax breaks for solar…
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Pennsylvania Solar for Schools Program Is a Win-Win-Win-Win

By Matthew Bourne   08/22/23  
The Steelton-Highspire School District is located just outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In a move to overcome years of budget challenges, the districted recently installed 3500 solar panels on an old landfill.
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