On Earth Day, 175 nations—including the United States—signed the Paris Climate Agreement. In this landmark agreement, some of the world’s biggest carbon emitters agreed to limit global warming to at least 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to Chemistry World. This is an ambitious goal that will require most of the signing countries to improve and increase their sustainability efforts.
Though the climate agreement has been signed, it now needs to be ratified by each of the member nations. Some forecast that this process could be delayed for some countries, particularly for the U.S. in the midst of the presidential election, but fifteen nations had their ratifications ready immediately after signing according to the United Nations. Read the rest of this entry »
In an important move toward clean energy, the Oregon state legislature recently passed a bill called the “Clean Energy and Coal Transition Plan” that will wean the state off coal completely by 2030. This huge step shows that the U.S. takes its carbon reduction commitment seriously and paves the way for more states to follow suit with clean energy plans of their own. Read the rest of this entry »
According to a recently released report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, almost 40 percent of U.S. electricity could come from rooftop solar. This three year study, which looked only at the potential of rooftop photovoltaics, indicated that rooftop solar was capable of 1,118 gigawatts—almost double their 2008 estimate of 664 gigawatts. These numbers reflect the overall growth of the solar industry and point to new advancements in solar mounting that make rooftop solar an efficient energy solution for many. Read the rest of this entry »
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a report on February 22, 2016 regarding new energy sources built in the U.S. in 2015. According to the report, more new solar PV systems were installed than natural gas plants across the country for the first time in history.
For a nation that has historically relied on coal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels, this is a big moment for several reasons. Read the rest of this entry »