The U.S. needs to 'get real' on renewables

Despite pullback from the federal government, the U.S. is "persisting with the energy transition that was already afoot before Donald Trump was elected," said Danny Kennedy, managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), and it "won't be reversed." 

However, the U.S. needs to "get real" to get ahead of the renewable energy trend, he said.

"Leadership has shifted across the Pacific" to China, he said: The country installed 11 GW of solar capacity in July, compared to the 16 GW that the U.S. built in the year. 

However, there is a lot of momentum for acceleration and innovation in the U.S. clean energy market, and CalCEF is helping to stoke it.