We’ve rounded up our top reads of the week about solar and the future of the energy — so you can stay current.
-What do millennials want from their energy providers? More smart technology and renewables, according to a recent study by Accenture. Most millennials expressed interest in signing up for apps to track energy usage, and installing solar panels on their homes within the next 5 years. (CleanTechnica / Adam Johnston)
-Wind energy celebrated a milestone in the U.S. this week – the first offshore turbine in America was installed off the coast of Rhode Island. When completed the wind farm will provide 30 megawatts of energy, and marks the start of a new sector of the energy industry that could some day provide significant amounts of renewable power to our country. (Fortune / Katie Fehrenbacher)
-One research group is working with Native American tribes across the south-central U.S., merging science and indigenous knowledge to develop new, long-term strategies for adapting to climate change. (Al Jazeera / Emily Crane Linn)
-As the global energy system shifts increasingly to renewables, what will become of fossil fuel employees? A new study shows that the flourishing solar industry could benefit workers exiting the coal industry in the coming years, and examines the relatively minor investment necessary to retrain the majority of such workers in America for solar jobs. (Harvard Business Review / Joshua M. Pearce)
-Energy efficiency is a leading demand amongst U.S. homes, but investments in energy efficiency upgrades have yet to catch on like solar energy has. Rocky Mountain Institute looks at the factors that made residential solar contagious in America, and the lessons that can be applied to spark similar growth for home energy upgrades. (Rocky Mountain Institute / Jacob Corvidae)