Global Solar Capacity Grew 73% in 2010

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    Jun 11, 2011 2:17 PM GMT
    Pretty amazing stats. I think our energy usage will shift to forms like solar but they're dependent as well on the advances in battery technologies but those are coming along nicely as well.

    http://earlywarn.blogspot.com/2011/06/global-solar-capacity-grew-73-in-2010.html

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    While it's obvious that European subsidies are driving growth rates of solar energy usage, what will cause the long term adoption is an even more promising graph - the dramatic fall in the cost of solar:

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    From the article:
    So by the 2025-2030 timeframe, you are approaching the point where all electricity generation could be solar. That's how fast solar is growing. Of course, I stress that this is a scenario, not a forecast. There are massive barriers to continuing this level of growth, and in particular it implies the ability to either store large amounts of solar electricity overnight, or trade it around the world between the sunny regions and the dark or cloudy regions. The latter is a lot more feasible, since it can largely be done with existing technology.

    To me, that's really the way we should be thinking about climate change. "How do we pass carbon trading treaties now?" is utterly the wrong question. The right question is "How do we build a global renewables grid?"
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    Jun 12, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    yeah looks pretty good...if you live in the green European spectrum of that graph icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 12, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    MsclDrew saidyeah looks pretty good...if you live in the green European spectrum of that graph icon_eek.gif


    Some dumb ass republican in Maine (Our new Gov) is eliminating all tax breaks and incentives for clean energy because he thinks it gives the "clean energy industry" an unfair market advantage. icon_evil.gificon_rolleyes.gif

    Technically he is right, but I don't think he understands the long term very well.
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    Jun 22, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
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    Jun 22, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    I bet the op does not own any photovoltaic panels. That is the beauty of solar, It's a technology for others....LOL. For instance Europeans who have Very little PV potential. They are just too far north.
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    Jun 22, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidI bet the op does not own any photovoltaic panels. That is the beauty of solar, It's a technology for others....LOL. For instance Europeans who have Very little PV potential. They are just too far north.


    The Germans would beg to differ.

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    In fact the whole of Europe would beg to differ:

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    Jun 23, 2011 12:54 AM GMT

    China's 'Solar City,' Baoding, Rushes To Catch Clean Energy Boom

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/chinas-solar-city-baoding_n_881992.html