This story is the best of May!
Coal was first used to create power in the US in the 1880s, and by 1961 it was the main energy source throughout the country.
But not anymore!
For every month this year so far, solar and wind have generated more electricity than coal. This is the first time this has ever happened, and both renewable energy sources continue to improve technology while decreasing in price, accelerated even further by the recent passing of the Inflation Reduction Act.
This story means that renewable energy is speeding into the number one source of energy slot, replacing fossil fuels permanently.
You can switch your home to renewable energy right now, in one of three ways.
- Contact your existing utility, as hundreds if not thousands already offer the option to cleanly power your home (yet almost always require you to opt in). It's typically very, very similar in price.
- Community solar lets you power your home with solar energy without having to install anything new. You essentially purchase the energy from a local solar farm and can find one by you with an online tool.
- Installing solar panels on your roof is another great option if you have the financial ability to pay the upfront costs. Thankfully, these are getting cheaper and cheaper, and in just a few years, you'll offset the price with all of your energy savings. Start by researching local solar installers, and end with limitless clean energy.