NREL: Solar Boomed in 2014 But Needs More

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s comprehensive 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book is out, and its major takeaway seems quite shiny: Solar is leading the renewable energy race, and that’s probably not going to change.

“In 2013 in the United States, solar electricity was the fastest growing electricity generation technology, with cumulative installed capacity increasing 66 percent from the previous year,” NREL’s global energy statistics resource explained. “Between 2000 and 2013,” it added, “solar electricity generation worldwide increased by a factor of nearly 68.”

That’s the good news, but there is still plenty of bad news to go around.