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Closer Look at U.S.’ Historic Solar Jobs Growth

The Solar Foundation has launched an interactive Solar Jobs Map, which provides data on the number of solar jobs in every U.S. state, metropolitan area, county and congressional district in 2016. The new map builds on the nonprofit’s recently released National Solar Jobs Census 2016 report and reveals the impact of the nation’s historic solar […]

After Historic 2016, What’s Ahead for the U.S. Solar Market?

Following a record-breaking 2016, total installed U.S. solar capacity is poised to nearly triple over the next five years, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2016 Year-in-Review report. However, that includes a 10 percent slump in 2017. After providing an encouraging preview of the report last month, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has […]

Mexico, Canada, U.S. to Make Clean Power Pledge

By Bobby Magill, Climate Central The U.S., Mexico, and Canada are expected to pledge to collectively generate 50 percent of their electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2025, according to White House officials. The agreement is expected to be struck at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa. It means that when all the electricity generated […]

Report: Big-Box Stores Could Save Big, Reduce Pollution by Going Solar

Big-box stores, grocery chains, and shopping centers in North Carolina could cut pollution and save $246 million with rooftop solar, according to a new report. The Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center analysis, Solar on Superstores, found that Target, Home Depot, and other large retailers could avert 2.2 million metric tons of carbon pollution […]

What the American Recovery Act Did for Clean Energy

President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the largest single investment in clean energy in history, has provided more than $90 billion in strategic clean energy investments and tax incentives to promote job creation and the deployment of low-carbon technologies, as well as leveraged approximately $150 billion in private and other […]

North Carolina, Georgia Growing New Crop of Solar Farms

The Southeast may be better known at times for its resistance to solar power than for its embrace of clean energy, but solar is beginning to quickly take hold in the region. Though most utility-scale solar power is produced in California and Arizona, large solar power installations are catching on quickly in North Carolina and Georgia. There, utility scale […]

Countries Commit to Cleantech Mission

As announced at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, running Nov. 30 – Dec. 11 in Paris, President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and other world leaders are launching Mission Innovation, a commitment to dramatically accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation. Through the initiative, 20 countries representing 80 percent of global clean […]

How Clean Energy Is Changing Our School Systems

By Doug Payne, for Solar Industry Magazine With one of the industry’s largest events, Solar Power International, just around the corner and the school season officially upon us, what better time to address integrating solar into the classroom? As a child, if someone told you that the same sun that lights up our planet would one […]

Big Businesses Pledge to Combat Climate Change

  Thirteen large businesses have signed a White House pledge to fight climate change. By signing the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, the corporations have agreed to reduce their carbon emissions, increase low-carbon investments, invest in renewable energy and support an international agreement to combat climate change. In total, the pledges will account for $140 billion in new low-carbon investments and more […]

The Growing Role of Solar Energy in North Carolina

By Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center North Carolina could meet its energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy that strikes the state every day in the form of sunlight. With solar installation costs falling, the efficiency of solar cells rising, and the threats of air pollution […]

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