- Solar energy was the fastest-growing source of electric power last year, a new International Energy Agency report said, amid the “birth of a new era” for the renewable energy sector. Last year was the first time solar energy growth had surpassed any other fuel as a source of power, the report said, surpassing the net growth in coal. [Deutsche Welle]
- China accounted for more than 40% of capacity growth in renewable energy in 2016, and this was in a record year for worldwide renewables, according to an International Energy Agency study. Last year, new solar capacity around the world grew by 50%, reaching more than 74 GW, with China accounting for almost half of that expansion. [China Daily]
- American Wind Energy Association’s CEO Tom Kiernan appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he said that, thanks to technological advances, wind farms are now competitive with other energy technologies with regard to reliability and resiliency. AWEA endorsed market-based solutions. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
- The National Resources Defense Council’s fifth annual energy report, America’s Clean Energy Revolution, confirms that the country shattered dozens of clean energy records over the last year and a half. It proves that a massive shift is taking America away from traditional fossil fuels and nuclear towards renewable energy sources. [CleanTechnica]
- The US Solar Energy Industries Association published a new analysis this week proving that more than $78 million worth of solar projects are currently on hold in Massachusetts due to a failure to extend the state’s Net Metering Cap. The analysis was published in advance of legislative hearings taking place at the State Capitol. [CleanTechnica]
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