The role of the sun in cleaning the American grid

Washington DC The US Department of Energy (DOE) outlines the future role of solar energy in reducing the country’s energy grid today. According to the study, by 2035, solar power will be able to generate 40% of the country’s electricity, run deep grid decommissioning and employ about 1.5 million people – excluding electricity costs. The findings of the study highlight the efforts of the Binden administration to tackle climate change and accelerate access to renewable energy across the country in a massive and equitable manner.

“Our study shows that our cheap, fast-growing, clean energy source will generate enough electricity to power all homes in the United States by 2035 and employ about 1.5 million people,” he said. Energy Jennifer M. Granhol. “Achieving this bright future requires the deployment of enormous and equitable renewable energy and strong decarbonation policies – precisely on the Bilateral Infrastructure Investment and Works Act and President Biden’s Better Agenda.”

A.D. By 2020, US solar power – 15 GWac – a total of 76 GW, represents 3% of the current electricity supply. According to a solar future study conducted by the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, By 2035, the United States will need to quadruple its annual solar capacity and provide 1,000 megawatts of power to a renewable energy grid. A.D. By 2050, solar power could generate 1,600 gigabytes on a zero carbon grid — more than any other residential and commercial building in the country today. Increased electrification in the transport, construction and industrial sectors could bring the entire power system to 20 GW of solar power by 2050.

The study sets out a design for achieving this large scale, which requires strong decarbonation policies, combined with renewable energy, large-scale electricity and grid modernization. Key findings of the study include:

  • A clean grid requires a large, fair deployment of diverse, sustainable energy sources – The United States should install an average of 30 GW of solar energy per year between 2025 and 2030. The modeling model also shows the remaining carbon-free grid in wind (36%), nuclear (11% -13%), hydroelectric (5% -6%) and bioavailable (1%).
  • The decarbonated energy sector creates millions of jobs – The study estimates that by 2035, it will employ between 500,000 and 1.5 million people across the country. In total, clean energy transfer creates about 3 million jobs around technologies.
  • New devices that increase grid flexibility, such as storage and advanced inversion, as well as transmission expansion, will help move solar energy into all American pockets. – The combination of wind and solar will provide 75% electricity by 2035 and 90% by 2050, changing the electricity system. Storage deployment will develop more flexibility and resilience, from 30 GW to 400 GW in 2035 and 1,700 GW in 2050. Advanced tools such as grid-makers, forecasters and micrograds play a role in maintaining reliability and performance. – Large grid.
  • Renewable-based grid creates significant health and cost savings – Reduction of carbon emissions and improved air quality results are far greater than the cost of switching to clean energy, saving $ 1.1 trillion to $ 1.7 trillion. Consumer electricity prices will not increase by 2035, as the costs will be fully avoided by technological improvements.
  • Further decontamination policies and advanced technologies are needed to further reduce the cost of solar energy – Without some combination of carbon emissions and strategies to stimulate clean energy, the United States will not be able to completely solve the grid – Models show that grid emissions fall by only 60% without policy. Subsequent technological breakthroughs that reduce solar energy costs are also important for broader solar deployment.

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Article by Energy.Gove

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