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Is the Midwest Finally Catching on to Utility-Scale Solar?

, energy analyst

There seems to have been a significant uptick in the number of utility-scale solar projects announced in the Midwest recently—from Michigan to Minnesota , Indiana to Iowa, and even up in Wisconsin. Is this just a one-off bump in activity, or the start of something bigger? Are we actually starting to see the solar revolution spread to the Midwest where wind power has historically been king of renewables?  And if large-scale solar is coming in a big way, are we ready? Read more >

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Suddenly, the Future is Clear for Solar Energy

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

In the last 24 hours, the path to greater reliance on solar energy has become much clearer. The US Department of Energy-sponsored assessments of the benefits of solar and the tools for addressing grid impacts celebrated the 65% decline in cost for solar energy over just 5 years. Meanwhile, the North American Electric Reliability Corp., (NERC) significantly revised (as in tripled) its projections of wind and solar coming on the grid over the next 15 years, and moderated its language about the reliability impacts. Read more >

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Powering Up Solar Energy for All

The burgeoning potential of solar goes far beyond the stereotyped (but wrong) image of wealthier white suburban homeowners, big-box stores, and massive town fields. Read more >

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What Can Zootopia Teach Us about Solar Energy and the Duck Curve?

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Zootopia is a place where mammalian species co-exist in harmony, and a female bunny overcomes prejudice to become a crime-fighting cop. We can apply this message of diversity and inclusion to one of the challenges we have with new energy technology. Read more >

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What Extending Federal Wind and Solar Tax Credits Means for the Clean Power Plan and Paris

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Two new studies by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Rhodium Group show that the five-year extension of the federal production and investment tax credits (PTC and ITC) for wind and solar, included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 passed in December, could result in record-setting growth in the U.S. renewable energy industry while significantly reducing power plant carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Read more >

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