By Silvio Marcacci, Forbes
Renewable energy jobs are booming across America, creating stable and high-wage employment for blue-collar workers in some of the country’s most fossil fuel-heavy states, just as the coal industry is poised for another downturn.
Economics are driving both sides of this equation: Building new renewable energy is cheaper than running existing coal plants and prices get cheaper every year. By 2025, almost every existing coal plant in the United States will cost more to operate than building replacement wind and solar within 35 miles of each plant. Multiple states and utilities are setting 100% clean energy goals, creating new demand for workers to build solar panels and wind turbines. Continue reading here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- California Solar Bill of Rights Promises a Panel for Every Roof, The Bay City Beacon
Introduced on February 13 by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-SF), SB 288, the Solar Bill of Rights, would “enable greater deployment of customer-sited distributed energy resources (DER) by recognizing that all Californians have the right to generate and store their own renewable electricity without undue interference from their local electric utility.”
- California just made more clean energy than it needed, PV Magazine USA
We’re a long way from the land of milk and honey, but on Easter Sunday – for about an hour – we got a taste.
- Nevada passes bill for 50% renewables by 2030, 100% carbon free by 2050, Utility Dive
- Sunrun: 2, paperwork: 0, PV Magazine USA
A federal ruling granting waivers to generator filings for distributed PV systems could open the door for Sunrun and other companies to sell power from rooftop solar into wholesale power markets.
- Solar+storage can outcompete “mid-merit” gas units, not just peakers, PV Magazine USA
Solar plus storage can deliver, at lower cost, the same generation profile as “mid-merit” gas generating units in a number of cases studied, per an analysis published by Fluence.
- Committing to climate: Transformation is underway in the US power sector. Contributed article by Dan Bakal, senior director of electric power at Ceres, Utility Dive
Marking the largest commitment to solar energy in Maryland and one of the most significant pledges to greenhouse gas reduction in higher education, Johns Hopkins University has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its campuses with more than 250,000 megawatt hours of solar power per year.
- Earth Matters: Climate change challenges from every corner of the globe, CBS News
On April 22, 1970, CBS News marked the first ever Earth Day with a special report anchored by Walter Cronkite. “The gravity of the message of Earth Day still came through: act or die,” Cronkite said at the time. CBS News correspondents reported on protests, clean-up efforts, and calls to action from all over the country. It was the start of the modern environmental movement. Now 49 years later, we are covering the environmental issues of the day — this time from every corner of the globe.
- Solar Energy 2019: Will This Be A Record Year For The Industry?, International Business Times
SOLAR PRODUCT REVIEW
Renogy’s Solar Panels Bring Low Cost, Portable Solar To The Masses, Clean Technica. Renogy has built some impressive portable solar panels that allow consumers to recharge their devices and their portable USB batteries using the power of the sun. It’s a beautiful combination that had me excited when the company reached out to me about a review of its 5 watt and 10 watt portable solar panels.