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What the U.S. Grid Would Look Like with and without the Clean Power Plan

A new report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) concludes that combined U.S. wind and solar capacity would rise an additional 10-20 GW over the next 15 years, while coal capacity would decline by up to 27 GW, as a direct result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP). The […]

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 […]

Two Dozen States File Lawsuit Against EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By Betsy Lillian, Solar Industry Magazine The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally published the final Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register in late October, and a coalition of 24 states has launched a lawsuit against the agency in an effort to block the emissions-reduction initiative. Photo: Brookhaven Lab/Flickr Initially released in 2014 and finalized in August 2015, the Clean […]

On a Cost Basis, Solar and Wind Improve Against Fossil-Fueled Sources

By Michael Puttre, Solar Industry Magazine New analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) says that the leveled cost of electricity (LCOE) for solar photovoltaic and onshore wind power technologies is approaching parity with gas-fired and coal-fired generation – and is even on par in certain markets. LCOE represents the cost of generating a megawatt-hour […]

Government to Spend Millions on Solar Power Research

By Bobby Magill, Climate Central Researchers developing new solar power technology are getting more than $100 million in grants from the federal government as a way to reduce the cost of solar power and expand access to low-carbon energy. As part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday announced $52 million […]

The Value in a Future of Renewable Energy

By AllEarth Solar If you need any convincing that solar is here to stay, check out this recent article in Scientific American. The writers state: “In its forward-looking report for the year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts renewable energy will be the fastest-growing power source through 2040. New investments in renewable energy rose from $9 […]

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