Register for a webinar on Wednesday, February 10, with RMI authors and community leaders from the projects highlighted in the three case studies to learn more about how to effectively foster wind and solar project developments locally. Register here.
Despite a turbulent start to the 2020s, an important and positive message for rural America is emerging in the decade ahead: rural communities have a significant opportunity to strengthen and diversify their local economies by embracing and actively engaging in the ongoing renewable energy transition.
By 2030, renewable energy capacity in the United States will at least double, and potentially grow by a factor of seven or higher if new policies are enacted to capitalize on continuing cost declines in wind and solar. As a result, rural communities — which host 99 percent of onshore wind and a growing share of utility-scale solar projects — stand to receive a sizable boost to their local economies. In fact, annual revenues from wind and solar projects could exceed $60 billion by 2030 — on par with expected revenues from the top three US agricultural commodities: corn, soy, and beef production.