• Ralph Meima

Ride the sunshine wave to a brighter tomorrow - A warm welcome to blog all things solar with us.

Green Lantern Solar, the Northeast's leading commercial solar developer shares a quick glimpse at Solar growth during a pandemic and beyond.

Welcome to Green Lantern’s blog, which we intend to supplement regularly with news, articles, insights, stories and more.

In an average day in the life of Green Lantern, several dozen of us – GL employees and our consultants and subcontractors – experience everything from land transactions and intrigues of feasibility studies, to the suspense of permitting, to the excitement of constructing a brand-new solar array, to the satisfaction of switching the thing on and standing back as its electrons flow into the local electric grid. Hanging over all of this, demanding our constant attention, are federal and state regulatory frameworks that define our market and our options, and the pathways toward the environmental and climate goals that justify the expansion of renewable energy in the first place.

There must be interesting material in all of this, right? We certainly think so.

In our first post, let’s look for a moment at the growth that solar energy is experiencing across the USA as a whole.

Recently, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported that new solar capacity brought online in 2020 totaled 19.2 gigawatts - a 43% jump from 2019. That's huge! And this all happened during the pandemic and resulting economic slowdown

That’s the equivalent of something like 20 commercial nuclear plants (which, by the way, are barely being built these days).

Driving the growth of solar is a combination of robust incentives at the federal level and in many states, falling materials and equipment costs, and genuine embrace of clean, green renewable energy by many organizations and communities around the country (and world).

Moreover, the SEIA forecasts that total solar capacity is expected to quadruple from the current level by 2030.

Solar represented nearly half of all new electricity generating capacity added in the US in 2020, its largest share ever. Yet solar still accounts for just a few percent of total generating capacity, far behind natural gas, nuclear, coal, wind, and large-scale hydro – nation-wide and even in little, green Vermont. Yes, we’re growing quickly, but we’re growing from a tiny base. So it looks like we’ll be busy for a long time to come.

You are invited to regularly consult this blog for news, data, reflections, revelations, confessions, gossip, tall tales, and the accumulating lore of the Green Lantern team as we ride the Sunshine Wave toward a brighter tomorrow!

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