DOE Releases Solar Futures Study Providing the Blueprint for a Zero-Carbon Grid
- Sep 9, 2021 2:39 pm GMT
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New Report Shows Solar Energy Rapidly Expands, Generating More Electricity in 2035 than All Homes Consume Today and Creating Economic Opportunities Across America
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"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
In 2020, the
The study lays out the blueprint for achieving this milestone, which requires strong decarbonization polices coupled with a massive deployment of renewable energy sources, large-scale electrification, and grid modernization. The study's key findings include:
* A clean grid requires massive, equitable deployment of diverse, sustainable energy sources -- The
* A decarbonized power sector will create millions of cross-sector jobs - The study modeling 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 across technologies.
* New tools that increase grid flexibility, like storage and advanced inverters, as well as transmission expansion, will help to move solar energy to all pockets of America - Wind and solar combined will provide 75% of electricity by 2035 and 90% by 2050, transforming the electricity system. The deployment of storage enables more flexibility and resilience, growing from 30 GW to nearly 400 GW in 2035 and 1,700 GW in 2050. Advanced tools like grid-forming inverters, forecasting, and microgrids will play a role in maintaining the reliability and performance a renewable-dominant grid.
* A renewable-based grid will create significant health and cost savings - Reduced carbon emissions and improved air quality result in savings of
* Supportive decarbonization policies and advanced technologies are needed to further reduce the cost of solar energy --Without some combination of limits on carbon emissions and mechanisms to incentivize clean energy, the
DIG IN: Interactive data viewer and full report (https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-futures-study).
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