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After the 'sunrush': what comes next for solar power?

  • 2018/feb/28/
  • 17
  • www.theguardian.com

Some people call it the “sunrush”: a 25-year period in which solar power has grown exponentially, transforming the technology from rarefied oddity to the world’s fastest-growing energy source. This surge, which saw 100MW of capacity in 1992 rocket to more than 300GW in 2016, has been largely driven by falling costs, which plunged 86% between 2009 and 2017. China, the world leader in building and installing solar panels, added a record-breaking amount of capacity last year. The technology is even setting records in the grey UK: at one point last summer even providing more power than the nation’s nuclear power stations.

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Bringing renewable energy to life in Indonesia: Solar and beyond

  • 2016/01/25
  • 13
  • www.thejakartapost.com

The cost of solar modules was originally very high back in the 1970s, US$76 Watts-peak (wp), but they have become much more affordable quite recently (less than $0.50/wp in 2015) thanks to several decades of research and development. While upfront costs tend to be relatively high for a solar system, the levelized cost of electricity of utility-scale solar power plants ($0.13/kWh by 2020) is rapidly approaching that of conventional coal-fired power plants ($0.10/kWh, according to the US Energy Information Administration). Granted, in many parts of the world solar power is still not as competitive as coal, especially when the scale of the solar project is small. However, the cost is actually low enough to allow for solar farms to be built in remote areas that have little or no coverage from the traditional electric power grid infrastructure.

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WHAT IS SOLAR POWER?

  • 26/03/2017
  • 12
  • www.nationalgeographic.com

Solar energy is the technology used to harness the sun's energy and make it useable. As of 2011, the technology produced less than one tenth of one percent of global energy demand. Many are familiar with so-called photovoltaic cells, or solar panels, found on things like spacecraft, rooftops, and handheld calculators. The cells are made of semiconductor materials like those found in computer chips. When sunlight hits the cells, it knocks electrons loose from their atoms. As the electrons flow through the cell, they generate electricity.

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How do solar panels work? - Richard Komp

  • 05/01/2016
  • 2
  • ed.ted.com

The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy.

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