New Blueprint for Solar from the U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new study, titled the “Solar Futures Study,” that shows that by 2035, solar has the potential to power 40 percent of the country’s energy, help increase grid decarbonization, and add new energy jobs. The report’s findings call for a large deployment of clean energy sources, punctuating President Biden’s push to address climate change and increase renewable power access.

 

Solar Futures Study from the U.S. Department of Energy

Dramatic improvements to solar technologies and other clean energy technologies have enabled recent rapid growth in deployment and are providing cost-effective options for decarbonizing the U.S. electric grid. The Solar Futures Study explores the role of solar in decarbonizing the grid. Through state-of-the-art modeling, the study envisions deep grid decarbonization by 2035, as driven by a required emissions-reduction target. It also explores how electrification could enable a low-carbon grid to extend decarbonization to the broader energy system (the electric grid plus all direct fuel use in buildings, transportation, and industry) through 2050.

 

 


OurEnergyLibrary Resources on Solar Power

Utility-Scale Solar, 2021 Edition
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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U.S. Department of Energy
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