Full Title: Investing in a Clean Energy Future: Solar Energy Research, Deployment, and Workforce Priorities
Author(s): U.S. Department of Energy
Publisher(s): U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
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The immediate need for action on climate change has been made clear in the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Limiting the rise in global temperatures would help avoid future catastrophic changes, but the path to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is narrowing. Without immediate and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, this warming goal will be beyond reach.
President Biden’s goal to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, in conjunction with a proposal for historic investments in U.S. infrastructure, are critical steps toward combatting the climate crisis and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the right pace and scale. America’s shift to a clean energy future requires investment in a vast renewable energy technologies portfolio, which includes solar energy.
This brief summarizes the evidence of how key investment in solar research and deployment, along with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), can help realize these opportunities for American workers, consumers, and communities.