Jigar Shah on the solar industry: ‘We embrace innovation because it is in our blood’

Guest Post by Jigar Shah, PV Magazine

The following article is adapted from the keynote Jigar Shah delivered at the Aurora Solar Virtual Solar Summit on July 23.

The solar industry feels like it is moving so fast, we don’t always make time to think about what we have accomplished or where we’re going or the values that continue to propel us forward. But now – at a time of such enormous change and challenge – we need that kind of clear view to keep us grounded.

In the United States today, more than 2 million residential customers are enjoying the benefits of solar power – just one measure of how mainstream we have become. Clean energy has accounted for more than 75% of the new electricity generation added to the U.S. grid every year since 2015. Continue reading here.

Jigar Shah is president and cofounder of Generate Capital.

EXPANDING SOLAR GROUP BUYING CAMPAIGNS

Solarize Campaigns: Helping Communities of Color Access Rooftop Solar, by Lacey Shaver and Ryan Shea, Rocky Mountain Institute

The American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator, co-led by Rocky Mountain Institute and World Resources Institute, is launching a residential solar cohort this summer to help local governments implement Solarize campaigns and accelerate residential solar adoption in their community, with a particular focus on historically marginalized communities. If your local government is interested in learning how a community purchasing campaign can help expand solar access in your community, please reach out to Ryan Shea at rshea@rmi.org to learn more.

GEOTHERMAL ENERGY RESEARCH 

Energy Department Selects 5 Projects to Receive up to $28 Million for Geothermal Energy Research,  Department of Energy News Release, July 29, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that five projects will receive up to $28 million to promote the advancement of the next generation of geothermal energy technologies. Selected by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office, these projects align with the goals of the 2019 GeoVision study, which outlines a path to unlock the full potential of geothermal power as a clean, reliable, and affordable energy source for American homes and businesses.

ENERGY STORAGE

PG&E, Tesla start building world’s biggest battery, PV Magazine
U.S. utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Tesla have started construction on a battery storage project in Monterey County, California, that could end up being one of the biggest in the world.

GTM’S POLITICAL CLIMATE PODCAST

Relief, Rescue, Rebuild: The Case for a Sustainable Recovery, Greentech Media

Earlier this year, we launched a series called “Path to Zero,” which explored the technologies and policies needed to rapidly drive down carbon emissions. Now, we’re shifting our focus to the path to economic recovery and what that would look like if equitable, low-carbon solutions were baked in.

In this first episode, we speak to Leah Stokes, assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara and author of the new book Short Circuiting Policy. Leah makes the case for a green economic recovery, reviews potential barriers to implementation and discusses what she would put in her ideal green stimulus bill.

AUTOMAKERS’ CARBON COMMITMENTS

BMW, Ford, other automakers rev up carbon commitments, GreenBiz
The world’s biggest automakers are ramping up their carbon commitments even as they struggle to build back in the wake of the pandemic. This article is adapted from GreenBiz’s weekly newsletter, Transport Weekly, running Tuesdays. Subscribe here.