For those of us on the Environment America clean energy team, the solar eclipse is a powerful reminder of the progress solar energy has made, and how much further we need to go. When the last solar eclipse occurred 38 years ago, solar panels were niche products, and electricity generated from the sun made up a negligible piece of our electrical grid.

Austin should head towards 100% renewable energy

By | Luke Metzger
Director

Austin is doing great things, but the climate crisis dictates that we must do much more. With the effects of global warming becoming more prevalent each year, the sudden emergence of clean energy technology could not come at a better time. In order to prevent the worst impacts of global warming, the shift away from fossil fuels must be rapid, and must take place throughout our energy system, changing how we power everything from our homes to our commutes to our industry. The progress of the last decade provides tantalizing evidence that, with the right effort, this rapid shift is possible.

Over last decade, American solar energy generation increased 43-fold

By | Ross Sherman
Clean Energy Digital Campaigner

Ten short years ago, solar panels were mere novelties. Today, they’re a dominant force in America’s energy landscape, and poised for even more growth in the years ahead. Coupled with huge advances in wind energy, battery storage, electric vehicles and energy efficiency, it’s getting clearer than ever that moving to a future powered entirely by clean, renewable energy is as feasible at it is necessary.

Over the past couple of weeks, a much-needed conversation about moving to 100 percent renewable energy has exploded into the national spotlight. Unfortunately, the focus has largely been on personal disputes and deep-in-the-weeds debates among folks who basically agree instead of a productive conversation about how we can get there.

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