As Congress looks to put Americans back to work in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the clean energy economy offers an enormous opportunity. Clean energy industries such as solar were among the fastest-growing sectors of the economy before the pandemic hit, with significant potential to create new jobs and spur the investments that are needed to put the U.S. back on track.
The quarterly SEIA/Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables U.S. Solar Market InsightTM report shows the major trends in the U.S. solar industry. Learn more about the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Released March 17, 2020.
There are nearly 2 gigawatts of community solar installed across the United States, supporting our rural communities by generating local revenue and helping states make progress toward their clean energy and climate goals.
This short paper explains the community solar model, describes the typical arrangements farmers enter into with companies that build these projects, presents five case studies from different states showing the ways in which agricultural operations have benefited from community solar on their property, and offers resources to help landowners and solar farms.
This roadmap offers a vision for the radical transformation of the nation’s energy system. It articulates where the solar industry stands today, sets the industry’s goal for the next decade and outlines the steps we must take to get there. The roadmap explains how the solar industry will expand exponentially from comprising 2.4% of the U.S. electricity mix today to 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030.
As solar continues to expand into new markets, both rural and urban, land use discussions are likely to occur. In these discussions, it's important for participants to understand that solar in not a threat to agricultural activity, but rather a harmonious development that can assist the farming community.