Last week the biggest renewable energy news came from Marrakech, Morocco, where world leaders gathered at COP22 to discuss climate change and how the world would fight it. The US and US businesses were there to discuss how they will help fight climate change and support renewable energy. Meanwhile, states in the US continue to solar power rapidly.
With the recent elections the world has been watching the US with a wary eye as to whether it would stick to its commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change reached last year and signed into effect this year. Last week Sec. of State John Kerry gave an impassioned speech at the conference saying that the US would stick up to its plans under the agreement. The White House also unveiled its plans to increase renewable energy showing that the lowest emissions strategy would create the most economic growth in the country.
Solar already is growing significantly in the US. A new report by the Georgetown Climate Center found that solar power already is on a tremendous upswing in the US. It found that between 2011 and 2014 solar power production grew by 577 percent and wind power grew 40 percent across the US.
Also, leading companies in the US are supporting the Paris Agreement. They’ve invested billions in reducing their impact and use more renewable energy. More than 150 US corporations reiterated their support for climate change.
In the US itself, solar continued to march forward on most fronts. While both Amazon and Virginia were rather late to the game in solar power, they’re gaining ground quickly. The two announced Amazon will install 180 new MWs of solar in the state.
Massachusetts, already a leader in solar power, is looking to increase the amount of solar in the state by up to 5 gigawatts. That’s under a proposal by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, showing that not only Democratic leaders are supporting renewable energy.
To help the newest sector of distributed solar grow, the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) released a new guide for policymakers. The guide will help policymakers create community solar policies for states.
Meanwhile, Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity was officially approved by Tesla shareholders. Fully 85 percent of them supported the acquisition. The acquisition will allow Tesla to move forward with its plans to become more of an energy company than just an electric vehicle company.Tweet