Renewables and the economy

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Here are a few factoids:

  • Rooftop solar is growing worldwide by 50% per year.
  • In 1985 solar cost $12 per watt, but today’s prices are closer to 36 cents per watt.
  • Every five hours the world adds 23 MW of solar, which was the global installed capacity in 1985.
  • In January 2014 Denmark got 62% of its electricity from wind.
  • In 2013 Ireland got 17% of its electricity from wind, and Spain and Portugal both exceeded 20% from wind.
  • Today China gets more electricity from wind (91,000 MW) than it does from nuclear reactors.
  • It plans to have  200 GW of renewable energy by 2020.
  • The United States is second in the world in installed wind turbines, with South Dakota and Iowa obtaining over 26% of their electricity from wind.

These come from The Daly News a few days ago.  The post concludes:

"Those who are serious about getting to a true–cost economy should help accelerate the renewable energy revolution as a way to achieve it."

A footnote directs us to The Great Transition by Lester Brown and colleagues at the Earth Policy Institute for "a superb account of the global renewable energy revolution that offers hope to all."  I'm pleased to say that Semington A continues to contribute to this trend.


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