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Solar energy is on the rise in the United States. At the end of the first quarter of 2015, more than 21,300 megawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity had been installed around the country, enough to power more than 4.3 million homes. The rapid growth of solar energy in the United States is the result of forward-looking policies that are helping the nation reduce its contribution to global warming and expand its use of local renewable energy sources.
In their new report, the National Resources Defense Council delves into the impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan on more vulnerable communities.
Solar energy within the built environment may be an overlooked opportunity for meeting sustainable energy needs in places with land and environmental constraints.
Prepared by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and SEIA, this handbook is intended as a starting point for states that are considering renewable energy as a compliance tool for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants (Clean Power Plan) under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has partnered with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs to produce a report detailing the impacts of climate change on communities in the LA metro area. The report also describes the potential for solar investment in each of the communities and the policies that help support that investment.
Congress recently passed the 2014 Farm Bill, and included a provision to reauthorize funding for the Rural Energy for America Program. What’s that you ask? Watch this webinar to find out! Attendees learned about the program goals for the Rural Energy for America Program, and learn how to take advantage of the solar opportunities under this program.
U.S. Solar Market Insight™ is a collaboration between the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) and GTM Research that brings high-quality, solar-specific analysis and forecasts to industry professionals in the form of quarterly and annual reports. Released March 5, 2014.
Learn about how the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility can benefit your company. Learn about the solar-specific and general best practices regarding the environment, labor, ethics, and other areas that can help your company.
A new study from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) finds that operating costs associated with additional power plant cycling caused by the integration of renewables to the grid are negligible when compared to fuel costs offset by displacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.