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An enormous transition is underway across the electric grid.
Power plants that run on fossil fuels are being replaced by solar panels and wind farms and more batteries and electric vehicles are plugging in every day.
Once niche, the clean energy industry is going mainstream. Goldman Sachs says it’s an investment opportunity worth as much as $16 trillion through 2030.
Within the industry, researchers, entrepreneurs, and workers are bringing a wide range of solutions to bear, from batteries that store energy in molten salt to water turbines that are fish-friendly.
Business Insider has identified the 21 emerging leaders in clean energy that we think everyone should know.
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The global energy industry is in the middle of an epic transition, away from fossil fuels and towards clean sources of energy.

This year, for example, the US is set to generate more electricity from renewable sources than from coal for the first time in history. Meanwhile, 2020 is also expected to be a record year for solar power, and energy storage installations including batteries are set to double.

This transition, though ultimately motivated by the threat of climate change, has created an enormous economic opportunity.

Clean energy was the target of more than $600 billion of investment last year, relative to investment in the broader energy industry of about $1.9 trillion, according to the International Energy Agency. And looking forward, Goldman Sachs says renewable energy is an investment opportunity worth as much as $16 trillion, through 2030.

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It’s now undeniable that the industry is going mainstream. In the US alone, it’s home to more than 2.5 million workers employed within …read more

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