Recently, the Biden administration released a report showing that the U.S. can get 40% of its electricity from solar energy by 2035. This is a significant ramp-up from its current share of generation.
The Solar Futures Study outlines how solar energy can help decarbonize the U.S. power grid and help achieve a Biden administration goal of achieving net-zero emissions in the electricity sector by 2035.
This is in wake of fighting climate change which is one of Joe Biden’s targets. The US is also looking into investing in solar and wind projects.
“The study 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,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm in a statement.
Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said, “That kind of quick acceleration of deployment is only going to happen through smart policy decisions. That’s the part where having a goal is important, but having clear steps on how to get there is the issue.”
Becca Jones-Albertus, director of the Solar Energy Technology Office in the Energy Department, said, “One of the things we’re hoping that people see and take from this report is that it is affordable to decarbonize the grid. The grid will remain reliable. We just need to build.”