As anyone who has ever watched an American high school movie right to the happy ending knows, life is not a popularity contest. And neither is energy policy. Fracking, the ugly duckling of energy sources with twice as much public opposition as support, is still the apple of the government’s eye, and nuclear, shunned by the markets and with no admirers willing to pay for her prom ticket, is still the star of the show. But what about the captain of the cheerleading team, admired and desired by all with a popularity rating her peers can only dream of, solar power? A recent survey showed 62% of UK households want to install solar panels on their homes, and it’s getting ever cheaper for them to do so. Solar panels have fallen in price by over 99% in the last few decades and are expected to continue falling, with a drop of 18% in the first half of this year alone. Batteries are following a less spectacular but similar trajectory, with a 79% drop for lithium-ion batteries since 2010.
Greenpeace 6th Sept 2018 read more »