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Environment & Sustainability

Solar technologies offer a number of environmental benefits, including the reduction of harmful pollutants and carbon emissions in comparison to fossil fuel-based energy sources. Climate change, sustainability and recycling are all major areas of focus of the solar industry, which is taking steps to address environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of solar products and projects.

Climate Change

Solar energy plays an important role in transitioning the U.S. to a low-carbon, sustainable future. Solar technologies can provide innovative, cost-effective solutions to reduce emissions in a number of sectors of the economy.

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Recycling & End-of-Life Considerations for PV

The falling cost of solar has made renewable energy accessible to more people than ever before and has resulted in an exponential increase in solar adoption. As such, end-of-life management is important for all PV technologies to ensure clean energy solutions are a sustainable component of the energy economy for future generations.

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Environmental Impacts of Utility-Scale Solar

There are a number of environmental factors related to the construction and maintenance of utility-scale solar power plants, including water use, habitat conservation, and land use. 

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Thursday, Dec 05, 2019

Rallying Cry: American Solar Workers Call on Administration to #StopSolarTariffs

Today, dozens of solar energy supporters from across the country gathered at the headquarters of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to rally for an end to solar tariffs. Clad in yellow scarves and holding sun balloons, solar workers called on the USITC to grant relief from the harmful solar tariffs.

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Wednesday, Dec 04, 2019

Why the Recent State Elections Are a Positive Development for Solar in the Southeast

The results are in for the 2019 state elections and while both political parties enjoyed victories, one thing is clear—solar energy is poised to grow as several key states voted in officials who support and champion clean energy. There are now tangible, long-term opportunities for continued solar development in states like Mississippi, Virginia, and Kentucky, among many others.

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Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019

Forecast: Solar Tax Credit Extension Would Boost Jobs, Economy and Climate Fight

An extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) would spark $87 billion in new private sector investment and add 113,000 American jobs over baseline estimates by 2030

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