A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency states that solar PV capacity could grow 10-fold over the next fourteen years, driven by cost reductions. Solar PV has so far been a niche player in electricity generation, currently meeting around 2% of global electricity demand. And while the industry is rapidly growing, the degree of that growth is still greatly affected by policies. On Wednesday, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a new report at the Intersolar Europe trade show which looks at multiple aspects of the dramatic growth of solar industry. Letting in the Light forecasts that global solar PV capacity could increase roughly 10-fold from 227 GW today to 1,760-2,500 GW. Due to a projected 50% increase in electricity demand to 2030, driven by developing economies, this means that according to IRENA’s projections solar PV can meet 8-13% of global electricity demand by that date.
Renew Economy 24th June 2016 read more »
A HISTORIC battle site will be turned into a solar energy farm after council planners gave the go-ahead to the controversial proposals. The decision, which will see the facility build in the Kilsyth Hills, was made despite objections from the local community council, the local authority’s own archaeological service and its landscape wing. The site includes the land where around 4,500 men are thought to have lost their lives during the Battle of Kilsyth between a Covenanter army and royalists on August 15, 1645. The new farm will feature 50,295 solar panels over more than 67 acres of farmland, surrounded by fences measuring more than six feet high and CCTV posts. Cumbernauld councillor and retired history teacher Tom Johnston was the only member of the committee to oppose the move.
Herald 24th June 2016 read more »