MAY 2015 IN

Part of the Picture: Energy Strategies That Blend In

If you are looking for the new energy efficiency and electrical generation strategies, you might have to look carefully. They are more popular than it appears, because the changes blend in better than observers five years ago had expected.

While you weren’t watching, U.S. installed solar capacity has been increasing by 50 percent per year. Solar has quietly gone mainstream, providing 0.5 percent of electricity nationally by one measure. The biggest area of growth in solar for the next five years will be on rooftops, and there, solar could pass the 5 percent threshold around 2020 without becoming much more visible than it is now. Meanwhile, countries like Germany that lead in solar could inch past 25 percent, again without seeing solar take over the landscape.

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