Q2 growth was strong, but renewables need policy to reach 2035 goals

Q2 growth was strong, but renewables need policy to reach 2035 goals

Solar panels in a grassy field

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New renewable energy installations are on record pace this year, new industry data shows. The Q2 report from the American Clean Power Association shows more than 2 gigawatts of solar energy were installed in April through June, along with nearly 3 gigawatts of wind capacity.

Battery storage installed this year almost matches the storage installed throughout all of 2020. Texas, by far the leading state in terms of installed clean power capacity, installed almost 1.5GW of clean power in QW2 alone, nearly triple runner-up California.

Despite the industry’s robust growth, both it and the White House agree new policy is needed to ensure the President’s goal of achieving 100% carbon-free power by 2035 is met.

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