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U.S. Renewable Energy to Overtake Coal and Nuclear by 2023

A new report from Scientific American shows that forms of renewable energy will outpace coal and nuclear power production in the U.S. by the end of 2022.

Ten Years of Growth

By the end of this year, researchers at Scientific American predict that more of the electricity used in the United States will be produced by clean, renewable sources than by coal or nuclear power. Since 2012, the percentage of American electricity produced by coal has fallen by half, nuclear production has remained consistent, and renewable power has more than tripled.

The two primary sectors of growth in the renewable market during this ten-year period have been solar and wind. Combined, those two sectors have grown 58% since 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The end result is that renewable energy will soon be the second-largest source for electricity in the country.

The Next Ten Years

Most of the growth in renewable energy over the past decade has come as a result of infrastructure investments by governments and by businesses. Looking forward, these groups have continued to invest money into a sustainable future, notably through the Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act.

Though it will likely take a number of years for the full effects of this legislation to be felt, the administration is predicting that it will cut emissions by 40% by 2030, bringing the country’s greenhouse gas output below where it was in 2005.

Your Next Ten Years

Here at Summit Solar, we are dedicated to helping you be a part of this international wave of change. We have years of experience working with large and small customers to help them figure out what solar solutions are right for them. Renewables are not just the energy of the future; they are the energy of today!

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