Solar aint dead

i comment on lots of articles about renewables and efficiency and clean energy solutions and against reactors.  With some regularity i end up in debates with people who are pro-fossil fuel or pro-nuclear folks, who have recently been happily chirping that the biggest solar factor in China has gone bankrupt and solar is dead.

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While i have more than my share of problems with industrial capitalism, after the industry shake up, it is choosing a rebound in total global installed solar photo voltaic panels from 31 GW in 2012 to an estimated 53 GW in 2015

In other renewable news, nuclear power continues its decline in the fraction of the total primary energy it produces in the US with 8.0 quadrillion BTUs in 2012, while renewable energy continued to increase its share and outstrip nuclear at 8.8 quadrillion BTUs.

Scotland (above) and Germany both get over 25% of their electricity from renewables

Scotland (above) & Germany get over 25% of their electricity from renewables

CitiBank and General Electric are already claiming on shore wind power (where not endlessly delayed by bureaucracy) is already the cheapest form of energy on earth.

I can hear solar whispering the words of Mark Twain after hearing of his obituary in the New York Journal.

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”