Happy Summer Solstice!

Some encouraging milestones on this Summer Solstice

The summer solstice, traditionally called “midsummer”, but now more commonly thought of as the start of summer, is upon us!   As a quick reminder from that science class long, long before the advent of ‘remote learning’, the summer solstice occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun – when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky, resulting in the longest period of daylight – and happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (northern and southern). Within the Arctic circle (for the northern hemisphere) or Antarctic circle (for the southern hemisphere), there is continuous daylight around the summer solstice.

On the occasion of the summer solstice, and incidentally, wrapping up an epic week of solar power production here in New England, some exciting milestones to share. Last month, the U.S. generated more renewable energy than coal-fired electricity for the first time ever, a function of both rapidly declining coal, and rapidly increasing renewable energy consumption per the chart below.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

Since 2015, the growth in renewable energy generation and consumption has been almost entirely from solar and wind.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

And here in New England, 180,000 small-scale solar installations packed the same punch as three Seabrook nuclear plants – 3,200 megawatts of carbon-free power overall.

So a big summer solstice thank you to all of you who, collectively, have over 700 Solaflect Trackers following the sun on its journey on the longest day of the year!  And for those still considering solar, it’s a great time of year to explore a Tracker; email us at info@solaflect.com, text us at 802 308-3108, or give us a call at 802 649-3700.  As so many of you have already shown, the power is in our hands to make a difference!

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