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Agrivoltaic projects, where solar panels create shade and revenue for farmers, suggest one compelling development model.

This photo of Jack's Solar Garden and its agrivoltaic plans comes from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

Policy Pinpoint: Re-Charge for a Heavy Responsibility

Now that the Inflation Reduction Act's incentives operate as American law, it will take compromise and conciliation to make the investments that meet those incentives succeed and endure. Let's revisit our metaphors.
Amy Harder, a journalist with chops, takes on the net-zero challenge

Amy Harder, an expert journalist, steers the storytelling for Breakthrough Energy's new publication. 

An Interview With Amy Harder of Cipher by Breakthrough Energy

Amy Harder, a veteran journalist, now runs a new site out of Breakthrough Energy called Cipher. She looks at the transition's hard questions, hard slogs, and compelling stories in a casual Zoom with undergraduates.
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Explainer: If It's Cheaper to Electrify Buildings, Why Hasn't Electrification Happened More Broadly?

The economics in converting buildings to electricity look logical - over the long run, for pension fund investors. For a building owner with cash flow to manage, it's trickier. This explainer runs through the costs and trajectory for turning building systems to potentially clean sources.
A (very) old technology for transmission still holds in parts of South Carolina and other states.

(Photo by overWHAMmed, from Flickr Creative Commons). This transmission line in Pelzer, SC, testifies to the market potential for investment in new high-voltage lines. 

Explainer: What Makes Transmission So Difficult (and Vital)?

The main line is the main event. Transmission of clean electricity, combined with storage, means that every state and nearly every community can effectively live on fossil-free power. Financing and permitting involve economic, political, and engineering knots. This explainer takes in the breakthrough ideas and baseline for speedier deployment.

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