For decades, there's been a lot of buzz going around regarding the lack of funding in schools across the U.S. All too often, especially in today's volatile economic environment, education budgets are viewed as more of a burden to the overall government budget rather than an important investment in tomorrow's leaders. As a result, programs in early childhood education continue to be cut more and more due to a lack of funding.
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It seems that nearly weekly we hear more good news on the solar energy front. Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research released their Solar Market Insight Report for Q3 2012, with a summary of accomplishments year to date. The progress is impressive and would have been unimaginable just five years ago. Furthermore, the growth is expected to continue for the next several years, jumping from 3.2 GW in 2012 to 7.8 GW by 2015. Some highlights from the report:
The number of solar installations grew strongly in the nation’s residential, commercial and utility sectors in the third quarter, largely as a result of falling costs, a federal investment tax credit and state programs that support renewable energies, the solar industry’s main trade group reported on Tuesday.
Developers installed 684 megawatts of solar panels in the U.S. in the third quarter, 44 percent more than a year earlier, as residential projects rose to a record, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power voted 14-6 to pass the so-called “No More Solyndras Act” aimed at curtailing the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan guarantee program.
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced its final plan for fast-tracking large-scale solar energy projects in a vast portion of the West, promising installations with enough wattage to power nearly 7 million homes over the next decade.
Between biogas, wind and solar, Anheuser-Busch generates about half of its electricity from renewable energy to make beer at its Fairfield, California plant.
While renewable energy is still a relatively young sector of the energy industry, advocates are praising its success, especially the progress made in recent years. But the sector is not without its critics.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has unveiled a solar plant it says can power 3,300 homes a year.