Clean Energy Momentum

From solar panels on Hawaiian roofs to wind farms off Rhode Island’s coast, clean energy is gaining unstoppable momentum. Join our experts in analyzing where and how the progress is occurring.


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Why Solar-with-Storage is a Leap Forward

, Senior energy analyst

Falling costs for both renewable energy and batteries has led to amazing offers to build hybrid plants. In regions where utilities seek contract price bids from new plants, renewable-storage hybrids are winning in side-by-side competition with conventional power plants. Understanding energy storage has become all the more important as the current wave of power plant proposals pair storage with renewables. Read more >

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Mat Fascione

Big Week for Offshore Wind (Three Steps Forward, One Sideways)

, Senior energy analyst

Offshore wind has been the subject of a whole lot of news in the last few days, much of it positive. Here’s the lowdown on some top stories.

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Renewables Will Be 80% of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2020

, Senior energy analyst

There’s good news in the latest near-term electricity prognostications from the US government: Renewable energy, the projections suggest, will account for 80% of the generating capacity to be installed in the country this year, with both solar and wind looking set to have record years. And that’s all setting us up to pass yet another exciting clean energy milestone, about renewable energy’s contribution to our nation’s electricity supply.

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J. Rogers, UCS
UCS, based on EIA STEO 01-2020
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La energía solar es cada vez más eficiente, menos costosa y más resiliente

, Senior energy analyst

Los acontecimientos en los mercados residenciales, comerciales e institucionales son muy importantes para nuestro progreso hacia la energía limpia. Y con eficiencias más altas, precios más bajos y mayor resiliencia, la energía solar se pone cada día mejor. Read more >

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Solar Keeps Getting More Efficient, Less Expensive, and More Resilient

, Senior energy analyst

The latest annual data on US solar energy show how the technology options for residential and commercial customers keep progressing. Here are three important dimensions of that progress: photovoltaic (PV) modules keep getting more efficient, PV system costs keep coming down, and batteries are becoming much more a piece of the solar picture.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
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