Despite the neverending coverage of the Solyndra solar company bankruptcy, 2012 saw record growth of clean energy in the US, reports Maria Gallucci at InsideClimate News. It seemed neary every major clean energy policy was targeted by prominent conservative groups, which waged campaigns to block renewal of a key production tax credit for wind developers. Long-standing renewable energy standards also came under fire. The carbon cap and trade scheme, however, attracted renewed interest as Northeastern states found it generating millions in state revenues. California launched the first statewide cap-and-trade program, and approved the most aggressive US clean car mandate, requiring 15 percent of cars sold there to be electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen by model year 2018. Ten more states are gearing to adopt it. California also started the world’s first low-carbon fuel standard. For industry backers though, the biggest story was the rapid growth of the clean energy economy, with a record 3,200 megawatts of solar capacity installed, and record growth in wind energy. The most important clean energy development was the rise of creative renewable financing schemes in the states. In 2012, clean energy was a winner.
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It wasn’t easy being green in 2012. But record growth in the clean economy was the reality behind this year’s negative headlines and political backlash. By Maria Gallucci http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20121220/clean-energy-economy-2012-year-end-solyndra-wind-energy-solar-power-feed-in-tariff-germany-low-carbon-california?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+solveclimate%2Fblog+%28InsideClimate+News%29