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Friday, August 9, 2013
Policy Trumps Sunshine as a Solar Resource
The future looks bright for solar in the U.S. That’s according to a recent UC Berkeley study that claims that by 2050, solar power could supply a third of all electricity demand in the country’s western states.
Top solar states
The Berkeley researchers are not alone in identifying the huge potential of solar energy. A report from the nonprofit advocacy group Environment America looks to what our top 12 solar states are doing as a model for what could happen in the rest of the U.S. As Rob Sargent, the group’s energy program director, points out, the success of solar in these states “should give us the confidence that we can do much more.”
What would it take to do more throughout the U.S.?