This Week in Climate & Clean Energy Wins: Week of 1/1/24


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The amount SunZia has closed in financing on what will become the largest clean energy project in the United States. The number of EVs sold by Tesla in 2023.The amount of investment that a new renewable energy-powered industrial park will attract in Nevada. 

This week in private sector news, SunZia has closed $11 billion in financing and launched construction on what will become the largest clean energy project in the United States. First Solar is selling $700 million worth of tax credits earned under the Inflation Reduction Act, marking the first significant transfer of its kind in the solar industry and setting a landmark precedent for the value and marketability of the Act’s tax credits. Tesla increased its electric vehicle (EV) sales by almost 20% at the end of 2023 – selling just over 1.8 million clean energy vehicles last year. 

According to new data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the EV market is booming – making up more than fivefold of the share of new cars in the last three years. In 2023, the U.S. set solar installation records for a single year, with California generating the most solar energy, followed by Texas and Florida. Next week,  the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a public meeting to discuss the agency’s newly proposed solar project in Nevada, which is expected to produce 550 megawatts (MW) if approved. As the growing clean energy sector continues to outpace the economy, climate tech is poised to be the hot new job market in 2024.

In Wisconsin, Alliant Energy has completed six new solar projects, adding 514 MW of solar energy to its solar generation capacity and increasing customer access to renewable energy.

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