Solar Energy Industries Association News Release
June 15, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. and HOUSTON, TX — The U.S. solar market surpassed 100 gigawatts (GWdc) of installed electric generating capacity, doubling the size of the industry over the last 3.5 years, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Q2 2021 report, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie. Solar had a record-setting Q1 2021 and accounted for 58% of all new electric capacity additions in the United States. Renewable energy accounted for nearly 100% of all new electric capacity in Q1. Read more here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Texas Governor Signs Series of Pro Solar Bills into Law, SEIA News Release
- Texas Solar, SEIA’s State-By-State Interactive Map
- As policy impacts kick in, Virginia climbs into top five states for solar, Energy News Network
The latest quarterly ranking of new solar capacity shows Virginia and the Carolinas in the Southeast leading the way on solar thanks in large part to recent policy victories.
- FPL blows up its last coal-fired power plant, announces plans for its newest solar center, TC Palm
- Renewable Energy Boom Unleashes a War Over Talent for Green Jobs, Bloomberg Green
Candidates with the right skills are sometimes hired while they’re still in school, or as soon as they graduate.
- Are Building-Integrated PVs Ready To Take Off?, Environment+Energy Leader
A key advantage compared to traditional solar panels is that BIPV systems can provide savings in materials and electricity costs, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- Global Wind Day 2021: Celebrating an American success story, American Clean Power Association. Wind energy supports over 120,000 direct American jobs across all 50 states, over 500 U.S. factories build wind turbine components, wind technician is the nation’s fastest growing job, and the country has enough installed wind energy to power over 38 million American homes.
- Goodrich Farm receives national US Dairy Sustainability Award, Vermont Business Magazine
OF POTENTIAL INTEREST TO RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTORS & DEVELOPERS
Confidence Among Renewable Energy Investors at an All-Time High: Report, Environment+Energy Leader
A new analysis released recently by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) finds that confidence among both renewable energy investors and developers is at an all-time high. The report, “Expectations for Renewable Energy Finance in 2021-2024,” presents the results of a new survey of large financial institutions and renewable energy development companies on their confidence in the sector in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new report also tracks progress on the $1T 2030: American Renewable Investment Goal, an initiative ACORE launched in 2018 to help secure $1 trillion in private sector investment in renewable energy and enabling grid technologies by 2030.
Additional Recommended Reading
ACORE insight: The federal agenda for energy and climate, PV Magazine
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA NEWS
The sale – the largest issuance of new bonds in NU history – was the first transaction after the passage of LB384, a plan championed by Sen. John Stinner of Gering to extend through 2062 a state-university partnership on deferred maintenance. The Legislature and Gov. Pete Ricketts’ approval of the bill this session allowed the university to capitalize on current historically low interest rates, resulting in a 2.99 percent rate for funds with an average lifespan of 35 years. Chancellors have developed initial lists of priority projects to be addressed with the new $400 million in bond proceeds. Notably, one-quarter of the proceeds – $100 million – will be used for energy efficiency or other “green” projects, reflecting a system-wide commitment to sustainability.
NEBRASKA ALSO IN THE NEWS HERE
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A partnership between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the University of Kansas will receive $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the feasibility of recovering critical minerals from coal and associated strata in the Cherokee-Forest City Basin, which encompasses Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and the Osage Nation. The Department of Energy’s Carbon Ore, Rare Earth and Critical Minerals Initiative is a $19 million nationwide effort to assess rare earth elements and critical minerals in fossil fuel-producing areas.
Previously Posted: Statement About Coal & News Release On The Referenced DOE Grant
“Coal may contain as many as 76 of the 92 naturally occurring elements of the periodic table.”
Source: United States Geological Survey
DOE Awards $19 Million for Initiatives to Produce Rare Earth Elements and Critical Minerals, Department of Energy News Release
“The very same fossil fuel communities that have powered our nation for decades can be at the forefront of the clean energy economy by producing the critical minerals needed to build electric vehicles, wind turbines, and so much more,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “By building clean energy products here at home, we’re securing the supply chain for the innovative solutions needed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 – all while creating good-paying jobs in all parts of America.”
Production of rare earth elements and critical minerals, which serve as key components to several clean energy applications such as magnets in wind turbines and batteries in electric and conventional vehicles, is a prime example of how DOE is supporting regional economic growth and job creation in regions traditionally home to the fossil fuel industry.
See Also: FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Outlines Key Resources to Invest in Coal and Power Plant Community Economic Revitalization, The White House Briefing Room