As of late, due to my new role, I’ve been spending a great deal of time learning about energy.  Particularly energy finance and construction of generation projects.

At not point in my life did I consider electricity and how it’s used.  Obviously we teach a good deal about it in school, but considering how the electric grid is built and how it actually works is beyond most people.  It’s one of many, many things we take for granted here in the United States.  Our infrastructure in many capacities is beyond that of other governments and we should be very thankful for that fact.

There are some extremely interesting misconceptions about the grid.  Many people believe the majority of our energy is from sustainable sources.  In reality, just over 1% of our energy comes from solar and about 4% comes from wind.  There are other sources of course but those are the largest representations.  The majority of our energy still comes from coal and natural gas.  Nuclear power is another significant source, but it has not been growing recently.

Over the last six months I’ve focused pretty exclusively on solar energy projects, and it will continue to be my focus for the foreseeable future, however now I’m branching out more to the broader industry.  There’s an incredible amount to learn and seemingly less and less time.  Solar is the future.  I am biased due to my role, but I wholeheartedly believe we will deploy enough solar in the next three decades to overtake fossil fuels.  It’s going to be an amazing journey and I’m very proud to be part of the change.

Time to go read.