Hillary Clinton is calling for a 700% increase in solar power. Is that realistic?

Hillary Clinton is calling for a 700% increase in solar power. Is that realistic?
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In the coming months, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is planning to release a series of proposals for dealing with global warming. Her first installment came out Sunday and sets goals for major increases in US renewable power.

Specifically, she’s vowing to boost the amount of wind, solar, and other renewables so that they provide 33 percent of America’s electricity by 2027 — enough to power every home in the country….

Let’s put this in perspective. Renewable energy currently provides just 13 percent of America’s electricity, with hydropower providing 6 percent, wind power providing 4.4 percent, and the remainder coming from biomass, geothermal, and solar (down at roughly 0.5 percent).

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