With the addition of another major solar power plant supplying clean, renewable energy to America’s sunniest state, Nevada was second in the nation in added solar capacity during Q3, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) most recent U.S. Solar Market Insight® quarterly report. The Copper Mountain 3 project added 171.4 megawatts (MW) to Nevada’s solar portfolio.
Across the U.S., the solar industry is growing rapidly--employing more than 119,000 people and contributing $11.5 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.
This growth has been spurred by good policies, like renewable portfolio standards (RPS), that allow solar to be part of the energy mix. RPS policies have been passed by 29 states and require utilities to get at least a part of their energy from renewable sources. These policies are helping move this country to a new energy future--one that is more stable, secure and clean.
However, right now there are aggressive, nationwide efforts to repeal renewable portfolio standards state-by-state. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is fighting back.
- SEIA: Renewable Portfolio Standards
- Berkeley National Laboratory Report: Supporting Solar Power in Renewables Portfolio Standards: Experience from the United States
- SEIA: Solar Industry Data