Renewable energy is continuing to grow across the US and now the group of industries it includes employ more than the retail industry does the US. At the same time states are quickly growing their renewable energy resources.
Last week a group of renewable energy advocacy organizations, including the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Wind Energy Association, show that the renewable energy industries now employ more than 3 million people across the US. A figure that’s higher than the retail industry in the US. The organizations also launched the #CleanEnergyJobs campaign to help show the figures created by the industry.
Certainly New York solar has seen phenonmenal growth. Last week New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said between December 2011 and December 2016 the amount of solar installed in the state has increased nearly 800 percent. He said that in 2011 only 83.6 megawatts of solar installed. But, by the end of 2016 it had 744 megawatts of solar across the state.
In Michigan the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) was enacted in 2015, requiring the state to source 10 percent of its energy from renewables by 2016. Its utilities have met that goal and now the state is pushing for more. Utilities in the state will source 12.5 percent by 2020 and 15 percent by 2021 of their electricity from renewables by 2021.
Minnesota launched the first commercial wind-solar hybrid project in the US. The project is using two giant wind turbines from GE Renewable and it solar power conversion system allowing the project to integrate both forms of renewable energy into the grid at the site.
As all this is occurring, more cities are planning to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Last week, Pueblo, CO, and Moab, Utah, became the 22nd and 23rd cities in the US to join the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign.
Over the past six years Vivint Solar has come from nowhere to one of the biggest residential solar installers in the US. Last week it announced that it had installed solar on 100,000 rooftops across the US.
Other companies are also growing their ability to provide more rooftop solar. Last week,
Sunlight Financial announced that it raised $130 million through Route 66 Ventures. The company offers loans to homeowners through solar installers for rooftop solar installations.Tweet