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Solar PV Will Be Cheapest Form Of Power Within A Decade

Cost of electricity from new solar plants in Central and Southern Europe

February 25, 2015
Clean Technica

A major new study from a leading German think tank and renewable energy specialist says the cost reduction potential of large scale solar is still misunderstood, and predicts that solar PV will be the cheapest form of power within a decade, and cost less than $US0.02/kWh by 2050. The study by the Berlin-based Agora Energiewende says that the end to cost reductions from solar plants is “not in sight”, even after falling more than 80 per cent in recent years.

Sustainable Energy Revolution Grows, Says Bloomberg Report

Image: $447.6bn invested in US Clean Energy in the last decade

February 4, 2015
EcoWatch

The third annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released today documents the continuing dramatic changes in how the U.S. produces, delivers and consumes energy, and makes some projections and predictions about the direction of the energy sector in the future. The report was researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by The Business Council for Sustainable Energy....

The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet?

February 27, 2015
Spiegl

 

World leaders decided in Copenhagen that global warming should be limited to 2 degrees Celsius. Achieving that target, though, would take nothing less than a miracle. With another round of climate negotiations approaching, it is becoming increasingly clear that mankind has failed to address its most daunting problem.

A major piece of work from Spiegl, in Germany

Shore Power Electricity Rate a Modest Step Toward Cleaner Air

By Bill Andrews

Ships use diesel to generate electricity. When ships are in port, their diesel generators are a major source of air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and noise. Why not use clean renewable electricity from the BC Hydro grid instead? Good idea: it's called "shore power." 

Canada’s Green Energy Sector Now Employs More People Than Its Tar Sands

December 2, 2014
Climate Progress

Between 2009 and 2013, employment in Canada’s clean energy sector increased by 37% — meaning it now supplies more jobs than the country’s infamous tar sands, according to the new report Tracking the Energy Revolution — by Clean Energy Canada, a climate think tank.

Rooftop Solar Cost Competitive with the Grid in Much of the U.S.

Creative Commons, Mike Baker

December 1, 2014
Scientific American
Can solar power compete with fossil fuels?

Deutsche Bank says that solar electricity in the US is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming that the federal government maintains the 30% solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs.

But even if the credit is reduced to 10%, solar power would still achieve price parity with conventional electricity in some 36 states by 2016.

Canada does not have a solar tax credit. 

Swanson’s Law and Making US Solar Scale Like Germany

November 24, 2014
Greentechsolar
Can the U.S. halve the price of solar?

Swanson's law states that with every doubling in the production and shipments of solar PV panels, there has been a 20% reduction in their cost. By getting to scale, with solar installations becoming widespread and common, Germany has reduced the cost of installed solar to half of what it is in North America. So we can observe, learn, and do the same. 

Can China Get 40% of Its Electricity From Renewables by 2040?

November 25, 2014
Greentechmedia.com

With the right policies, China could get 40% of its electricity and 16% of its full energy mix from renewables by 2030.  It would cost $145 billion a year from now until 2030, and bring savings of $55 to $228 billion a year in health benefits and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Wind Could Provide Almost One-Fifth Of Global Electricity By 2030

October 22, 2014
Climate Progress

The Global Wind Energy Outlook 2014, co-published by the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace, has found that global wind capacity could reach 2000 GW by 2030, meeting 20% of the global demand. Growth is versy strong in China, and India is also looking to wind. 

America Could Get 10 Percent Of Its Energy From Solar Power By 2030

November 20, 2014
Climate Progress

Today, America gets 0.23% of its electricity from solar PV. By 2030, it could be getting 10%. 

Amazing? Not if solar PV continues to grow in installed capacity at the current 22% a year, driven by rapidly falling prices.