Solar - September 29, 2021
SEIA Calls on US Electricity Sector to Source 30% Solar by 2030
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced Sept. 28 its new campaign for reaching a goal of 30% of U.S. electricity generation to come from solar energy by 2030.
This is an increase from the organization’s previous goal in its Solar+ Decade program of 20% solar use by 2030. The new target reflects the clean energy targets established by the Biden administration.
SEIA reported that solar accounted for 56% of all new electric generating capacity additions in the first half of 2021, but finds that this still won’t be sufficient to meet the challenges of climate change. The organization called on the solar industry to double its deployment pace, or else solar will only account for 15% of electricity generation by 2030.
SEIA also estimated that by using solar energy for 30% of its energy capacity, the U.S. could cut the emissions from the electricity sector by 50%.
“The destructive impacts of climate change are happening now, and it’s time to reimagine our entire electricity system,” Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “The solar industry is leading the way in reducing electricity sector emissions, but we’ll fall far short of the 850 gigawatts we need to reach 30% of electricity generation by 2030 without policy action. It’s time for lawmakers to meet the urgency of this climate moment.