SEIA News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. and HOUSTON, TX — U.S. solar companies installed 3.8 gigawatts (GW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in Q3 2020, a 9% increase from Q2 installations as the industry experienced a recovery from the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Q4 2020 report, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie, solar accounts for 43% of all new electric generating capacity additions through Q3 2020, more than any other electricity source. The report projects a record 19 GW of new solar capacity installations in 2020, representing 43% year-over-year growth from 2019. Continue reading here.
US Large-Scale Solar On Track for a Record 2020, Greentech Media
New Solar Market Insight report shows that, coronavirus-related hiccups aside, the utility-scale solar sector is set for growth.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Factbox-Who Will Spearhead Biden’s Climate, Energy and Agriculture Policies?, by Reuters, U.S. News & World Report. President-elect Joe Biden is expected as soon as Wednesday to name key members of his core team that will help him overhaul U.S. energy and environment policy to fight climate change, with a goal of bringing the economy to net-zero emissions by 2050.
- Biden Vows To Pay Farmers To Plant Cover Crops And Put Land In Conservation, Successful Farming. Climate change is among four priorities for Biden during the transition, along with the pandemic, economic recovery and racial equity.
- Starbucks Joins the Dairy Industry’s Initiative to Reach Net Zero, Agweb
This month, the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy announced Starbucks intent to support the Net Zero Initiative (NZI). The Net Zero Initiative is a partnership of members in the U.S. dairy community including Dairy Management Inc., the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Newtrient, National Milk Producers Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council and the International Dairy Foods Association. The group is working to help the dairy industry achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, optimize water usage and improve water quality on farms.
- Southwest Indiana Set for Big Solar Investments, Inside Indiana Business
In September, three major solar projects totaling nearly $430 million were announced for Knox, Gibson and Pike counties. The projects are being developed by Capital Dynamics in Switzerland in partnership with Nebraska-based Tenaska.
- Avangrid Submits Plan for 800MW First Phase of Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Project, Greentech Media. Avangrid’s project off Virginia and North Carolina coasts join gigawatts’ worth of offshore wind in the works along the Eastern seaboard.
21 Virginia Schools Now Using Solar to Lower Carbon Footprint, by Emily Holbrook, Environment + Energy Leader. Twenty-one schools across Virginia are reducing their carbon footprints by powering their operations with solar energy through a partnership between BrightSuite Solar, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, and Sun Tribe. This partnership brings together two of Virginia’s leading renewable energy companies and their expertise in financing and installation to help school divisions meet their clean energy goals.
ENVIRONMENT AMERICA PAPER
This paper outlines 12 areas of policy where the potential exists for real reforms that bridge the partisan divide and restore Americans’ faith and trust in one another and in their government.
Climate Risk In The Electricity Sector: Legal Obligations to Advance Climate Resilience Planning by Electric Utilities, by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.
Authors: Romany M. Webb, Michael Panfil and Sarah Ladin
This paper explores two legal doctrines, public utility law and tort law, which we argue obligate electric utilities to plan for the impacts of climate change on their assets and operations. Public utility law requires electric utilities to meet, among other things, prudent investment and reliability standards. Tort law establishes a duty of care that obligates electric utilities to, among other things, avoid foreseeable harm when performing acts that could injure others. We argue that, as climate science becomes more precise and predictive, these legal standards take on new meaning and require electric utilities to engage in climate resilience planning. Read a two-page summary here.
Additional Recommended Reading: Why Electric Utilities Must Engage In Climate Resilience Planning, Climate Law Blog, Sabin Center For Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School