Solar found itself in the spotlight once again this past week, this time as the result of a mention during the first U.S. presidential debate. The Clinton-Trump clash on clean energy, SunPower’s accusation that SolarCity stole its technology and a new fully integrated off-grid solar array are the eye-catching headlines we’re discussing from this week’s Solar Energy News report.
Renewable energy is a particularly hot issue in this year’s presidential election. At the end of 2015, the U.S. joined 195 other nations in signing a UN agreement that committed to an aggressive climate change reduction strategy. Additionally, the Obama Administration is now in the process of defending its much-discussed Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Congress also extended solar and wind tax credits and lifted the U.S. oil export ban in the 2016 spending bill – two controversial policies for today’s candidates with their eye on the presidency.
It was another active week in the solar industry, with several major developments that garnered recognition for solar power and renewables as a whole. The growing popularity of community solar, a major funding announcement for Indian tribes and Native Alaskan communities, and strong solar support from Democratic presidential candidates are three key headlines from this week’s Solar Energy News.