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Can solar power continue its decade of momentum into the next?

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The 2010s were a decade highlighted by a renewable energy boom. Compared to 2009, solar panels today are ubiquitous, the renewable energy sector has received major buy-in across the world and we've seen some of the biggest companies in the world make commitments regarding renewable energy and net-zero that just 10 years ago would have been seen as radical. 

I think many can agree that wind power really took over during the last half of the decade. States heavily associated with fossil fuels, such as Iowa even saw which way the wind was blowing—34% of energy produced now comes from wind turbines, the second-highest in the nation. 

One organization is looking for solar energy to take back the headlines, however. The Solar Energy Industries Association is calling the 2020s the Solar+ Decade and has set a goal of making solar contribute to 20% of the country's total energy portfolio by 2030. After a decade in which we saw photovoltaic installations reach 1 million and then eclipse 2 million—in the same decade!—and saw renewable energy prices drop to historic lows, it's hard to imagine this momentum slowing—it's just as hard to imagine where it will take us by 2030.  

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