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The year is 2020. The United States is on the cusp of a golden age, there's peace in the Middle East, and the Texas oil tycoon is suddenly back in the saddle.
In 1903, the Wright brothers became the first men to fly. Twenty-four years later, Charles Lindbergh became the first to fly over the Atlantic. Coming soon...another possible breakthrough.
Renewable energy in North America has experienced unprecedented growth over the last few years, and that maturation has the potential to progress uninterrupted.
The Navy has completed construction of the largest solar energy project in Virginia, a 10-acre landscape of black solar panels in neat rows within sight of the Chesapeake Bay and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.
Connecticut's public works regulator plans to distribute $720 million to zero-emissions, renewable-energy generation and $300 million to low-emissions generation over the next several years, detailing for the first time how the state will spend more than $1 billion of required investments in commercially generated renewable power.
While solar offers clean renewable energy, that doesn't mean making PV has always been an entirely environmentally or socially responsible business.
Tennessee's big annual sun spot - 2012 Tennessee Valley Solar Solutions Conference - opened Tuesday at Memphis Cook Convention Center as if riding a snowball that is gathering speed and mass.
Walmart recently expanded its solar commitment to Colorado by partnering with SolarCity to begin six new solar projects, which will reduce air pollution and help the state get closer to its renewable energy goals.
Judging by the numbers, you'd be half-right to conclude that 2011 was a boom year for U.S. renewables.