A new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) study says solar energy could supply 40% of the country’s power within 15 years, but it will take major policy changes and investments in the national electric grid to get there.
Those are the key conclusions from the Solar Futures Study (PDF), prepared by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Discussing the study, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said it “illuminates the fact that solar, our cheapest and fastest-growing source of clean energy, could produce enough electricity to power all of the homes in the U.S. by 2035 and employ as many as 1.5 million people in the process.”
She added, “Achieving this bright future requires a massive and equitable deployment of renewable energy and strong decarbonization policies — exactly what is laid out in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.”
In keeping with the report’s message, President Biden and congressional leaders emphasize the climate resilience and electric grid modernization included in these two bills are essential for our clean energy future. Increasingly, one might simply say that they are necessary for us to have a future.
Make this future vision come true. Tell your members of Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act now!