Hillary Clinton has pledged the construction of half a billion solar panels if she wins the presidential election in 2016. She announced her goals in a video posted on her official campaign website. Clinton promises to achieve this goal of half a billion solar panels within four years of taking office. She also pledged to provide enough clean renewable energy to power every home in the country within 10 years of taking office.
Announcing these goals on her website, Clinton said, “We’re on the cusp of a new era.” She added that “We can create a more open, efficient and resilient grid that connects us, empowers us, improves our health and benefits us all.”
As promised, Clinton detailed her solar panel plan on Monday while speaking to reporters. She demands more federal investment to encourage the sector’s push to 33%. She said at a weekend rally in Iowa “I want more wind, more solar, more advanced bio-fuels, more energy efficiency… And I’ve got to tell you, people who argue against this are just not paying attention.”
By the end of the decade, her climate-change agenda will have increased the use of solar energy by 700%, according to Clinton’s campaign. Recently she came under pressure from rival Bernie Sanders, who demanded swift action on climate change. Her new announcement for a climate change agenda is believed to be an attempt to incentivize her campaign.
Clinton’s solar panel agenda, however, appears both reasonable and doable to Ethan Zindler, an executive at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. According to Zindler, as the Guardian reported, “It appears to be on the upper end but it’s entirely doable given the rapidly improving economics of renewables generally and solar particularly.” Jürgen Weiss, the head of Brattle Group, finds the incentives important and talks about public awareness. He said, “The big part is convincing people to sign up in the first place. People in the U.S. may care less about climate change than they do about cost.”