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Surge in Utility Non-Wires Alternatives Should Help Stem Climate Change Tide

Growing use and falling costs of local distributed energy resources (DERs) and interactive, two-way cloud services is paving the way for utilities to modernize power grids and adapt to a rapidly changing environment by making use of “non-wires alternatives,” a trend that should boost efforts to address climate change, as well as aging US grid infrastructure.

Avoid the common myths about solar energy

4 Myths About Solar Energy

You’ve likely heard a lot about solar energy lately, especially if you’re interested in environmental, energy, technology or political news. You’ve probably seen solar panels as you go about your daily lives. Maybe you even get some of your energy from the sun. Solar energy use has been increasing for residential customers, businesses, and utilities. The U.S. solar energy industry…

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Global Renewable Power Capacity Breaches Two Terawatt Mark

Global renewable power generation capacity rose 161 gigawatts (GW) to 2.006 terawatts (TW) in 2016, marking the eighth consecutive year of 8-9 percent annual growth, according to IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency). At that rate, capacity will double again in eight to nine years.

Global Energy Decarbonization Tipping Point At Hand, IRENA Asserts

It’s possible to reduce global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions 60% by 2050 and entirely by 2060 without sacrificing economic growth or job creation, according to IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Azores Wind-Solar-Battery Storage System to Reduce Environmental Impacts 43 Percent

Gracioa Island’s pioneering hybrid renewable energy microgrid is enhancing the reliability, resiliency and overall, long-term costs of electricity generation and distribution.

EIA lowballs estimations for renewable generation 2016

Wrong Again: Electrical Generation from Renewable Blows Past EIA Forecast

Forecasts from the Energy Information Administration have consistently underestimated the growth of renewable energy development in the United States, a trend that persisted through 2016. The latest EIA Electric Power Monthly report shows continued rapid growth from all renewable energy sources through December 31, 2016. Electrical generation from solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower sources accounted for 15.34 percent of the total for…

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Solar Jobs Census

U.S. Solar Workforce Grew 17-Times Faster than Economy Overall in 2016

The U.S. solar workforce grew at a record high 25% year-over-year in 2016 as solar job creation increased in 44 states and throughout the industry value chain, according to The Solar Foundation’s “National Solar Jobs Census 2016.”