07 Oct The Solar Futures Study
At the beginning of September, the U.S. Department of Energy released the “Solar Futures study” outlining the plan for solar energy in the years to come. What does this plan look like, and what can we expect?
First is a very optimistic start that the White House is calling for solar energy to power nearly half of the electric grid by 2050. And this prediction is extremely possible considering that solar energy is our cheapest and fastest-growing source of renewable energy. The study lays out the blueprint for achieving this milestone, which requires strong decarbonization policies coupled with a massive deployment of renewable energy sources, large-scale electrification, and grid modernization.
Following this comes very high expectations for the workforce, being that the study model shows that solar will employ 500,000 to 1.5 million people across the country by 2035. And overall, the clean energy transition will generate around 3 million jobs!
If all goes according to plan, this renewable dominant grid in the years to come will create significant health and cost savings that far outweigh the spending needed to reach the study’s goal.
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