We’ve rounded up our top reads of the week about solar and the future of the energy — so you can stay current.
-Solar rooftops in the United States could satisfy nearly 40 percent of the nation’s electricity demand, according to a new technical analysis from the US National Renewable Laboratory. Rooftops of homes and other small buildings (less than 5,000 square feet) account for the majority of the potential. [PV Tech / Mark Osborne]
-The urgency of adopting low-carbon energy sources just went up a notch. Scientists specializing in Antarctica’s ice sheets have found that if global carbon pollution continues unabated, sea levels could rise more than six feet by end of century – almost twice as much as previously thought. [Damian Carrington / The Guardian]
-Community-scale solar projects – bigger than a home’s rooftop but smaller than a large-scale power plant – are poised to bring extra momentum to solar energy’s already rapid growth. A prominent think tank envisions that by 2020, as much as 30 gigawatts of community-scale solar could come online in the U.S., representing more than double the country’s total installed solar capacity today. [Chris Mooney / Washington Post]
-The Oscar-winning filmmaker of “March of the Penguins” recently turned his attention to another spectacularly interesting subject – the humble and little-known French scientist whose groundbreaking findings laid the foundation for the science of climate change. [Gayathri Vaidyanathan / ClimateWire]
-A new and hotly anticipated electric car was unveiled this week: the Tesla Model 3. Production of the vehicle isn’t scheduled to begin until late 2017, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t already camping out to reserve one. [Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC]