We’ve rounded up our top reads of the week about solar and the future of the energy — so you can stay current.
-The US has now surpassed 1 million solar installations. And the two-millionth installation is fast approaching, likely within just a couple of years. (Julia Pyper / Greentech Media)
-A key reason that solar has spread so fast is its tendency to become “contagious” within communities. In many American cities, a remarkably high proportion of solar customers have been referred by a friend. (Brad Plumer / Vox via SolarCity blog)
-Some of climate change’s most dire consequences may come through disruption to water resources, according to a new report from the World Bank. The findings add urgency for shifting toward energy technologies that avoid carbon emissions and reduce water use. (Chris Mooney / Washington Post)
-A study across 11 solar farms in the UK concludes that solar panels and vibrant biodiversity can go hand in hand. The results reveal that the solar farms, in combination with thoughtful land management strategies, are correlated with a positive impact on plant and animal life, including broad-leaved plants, butterflies, bumblebees, and birds. (Sam Pothecary / PV Magazine)
-Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel taps into humor to argue that climate change should be a matter of science, rather than political opinion. (Paige Lavender / Huffington Post)