Solar Power World November 2020 Digital Edition is sponsored by CPS North America | Chint Power Global
Solar power’s important role in the 2020 presidential election
I’ve followed political news closely ever since my time in journalism school at Kent State University, but I don’t remember renewables ever playing such a big role on the national stage as they did in the 2020 general election. Greentech Media’s Emma Foehringer Merchant reported that energy and the environment got more air time in the first 2020 presidential debate than in all of the 2016 presidential debates combined.
Renewable energy and the importance of green jobs came up time and again in candidates’ platforms, television ads and debate answers from the beginning of primary season to the final days before the general election. It’s clear that many politicians think solar and other renewable energies will play a crucial role in these next years in the fight against climate change.
I know solar power will keep growing regardless of whether there’s positive policy in place to encourage it. But good solar policy helps speed up that growth, and speeding it up means making clean energy more accessible to more Americans.
COVID-19 stopped the world in its tracks this year, and that included state legislatures that had to push aside any non-essential business to instead focus on COVID relief and testing and tracing efforts. Now that we’re learning to live with the pandemic, state governments are beginning to resume non-COVID-related policy discussions, including those concerning solar and renewable policy. Here’s hoping 2021 will bring with it new policy innovations that can help make solar and storage accessible to everyone.
As we head into the holiday season, stay healthy and stay engaged in the policy decisions that affect the solar industry!