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In 2019, the U.S. produced over 30 times more solar power and more than triple the amount of wind energy than it did in 2010, according to a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center, an organization dedicated to protecting air, water and open spaces.
The project, Renewables on the Rise 2020, documents the growth of five key clean energy technologies during the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicles (EVs).
In addition to the growth in renewable energy, utility-scale battery storage increased 20-fold since 2010, energy consumption per person declined thanks to improvements in energy efficiency – and more than 1 million EVs were sold in the U.S.
“People have always reaped the benefits of sun and wind, first to grow food, then to move ships – and now, to power the 21st century,” said Susan Rakov, chair of the clean energy program at the Environment America Research and Policy Center. “Today, nearly 50 million U.S. homes rely on clean, renewable energy from the sun and wind. These technologies have risen to the occasion. They are transforming our energy landscape and our future.”
Along with a national overview, the report highlights states that have made the most progress …
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