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September 9, 2021

Report: Solar could power 40% of U.S. electricity by 2035

  • The report by the Energy Department says the U.S. would need to quadruple its annual solar capacity — and continue to increase it year by year.
  • By MATTHEW DALY
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Solar energy has the potential to supply up to 40% of the nation's electricity within 15 years — a 10-fold increase over current solar output, but one that would require massive changes in U.S. policy and billions of dollars in federal investment to modernize the nation's electric grid, a new federal report says.

    The report by the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy says the United States would need to quadruple its annual solar capacity — and continue to increase it year by year — as it shifts to a renewable-dominant grid in order to address the existential threat posed by climate change.


     
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