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An epoxy surface is applied as work continues on the new Facebook data center in Eagle Mountain on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019./Scott G Winterton

Nationwide, renewable energy skyrockets over past 10 years

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue | Deseret News

Wind turbines and solar panels may have been novelties 10 years ago, but across America’s landscape, the embrace of renewable energy is occurring at breakneck speed, with wind power tripling in the last decade and solar energy increasing more than fortyfold.

The ramp up to renewable energy, according to a new report called “Renewables on the Rise,” is happening even as U.S. residents are becoming more savvy in the energy efficiency arena through programs that resulted in energy savings that doubled from 2009 to 2017.

That energy “not used” was enough to power more than 2.5 million homes, according to the report by Environment America.

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