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US smart cities continue to invest in solar to fuel renewable future

The amount of solar power installed in just seven cities in the US over the last decade has exceeded the amount across all cities across the country previously up until 2010, according to a new report.

The Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group surveyed 57 cities in its seventh edition of its annual Shining Cities 2020 report and almost 90% have more than doubled their total installed solar PV capacity between 2013 and 2019.

Environment America said that to continue America’s progress toward renewable energy, cities, states and the federal government should all adopt strong policies that encourage homeowners, businesses and utilities to “go solar.”

Honolulu leads the United States for solar power per person among cities surveyed, followed by San Diego; Albuquerque, New Mexico; San Jose, California; and Burlington, Vermont. 

All of the “Solar Stars” have experienced dramatic growth in solar energy and are setting the pace nationally for solar energy development.

Los Angeles leads the nation in total installed solar PV capacity among the 70 cities surveyed in the report, as it did from 2013 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2018, after briefly being topped by San Diego in 2016.

Los Angeles has added more than 215 MW of solar capacity since year-end 2016.

The report said: "Solar power is expanding rapidly.

"|The United States now has 77.7 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – more than enough to power one in every 10 homes in America.

"Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them. America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy.

"As population centers, they are major sources of electricity demand and, with millions of rooftops suitable for solar panels, they have the potential to be major sources of clean energy production as well."

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Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Keynote speakers included: 

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who spoke on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.

 

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