Solar power is the “new king” of global electricity markets, with the International Energy Agency calling it the cheapest form of electricity in history in its annual centerpiece World Energy Outlook report. Solar’s ascent and coal’s decline have been rapid by the standards of the electricity industry. Just a decade ago, in its 2010 Outlook, the IEA called coal “the backbone of the global electricity system.” While much of the IEA’s emissions-reduction modeling makes for grim reading, Executive Director Fatih Birol said solar’s potential is cause for some climate optimism.
GTM 13th Oct 2020 read more »
Hundreds of gigawatts per hour of renewable energy were produced in Dorset last year, figures show, as the Prime Minister pledges a green industrial revolution across the UK. PM Boris Johnson said the coronavirus crisis should be used as a catalyst to make the UK the world leader in offshore wind power generation, creating thousands of jobs in the process. But with the plans focusing largely on offshore wind farms, the Solar Trade Association said solar energy has a significant role to play, and was “noticeably absent” from the speech. Figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show 330,089 megawatts per hour (around 330 gigawatts) of renewable electricity were generated in Dorset in 2019. This was 110% more energy than the 157 GWh produced in 2014, the earliest year of data available. The biggest producer of energy in Dorset last year was solar power, which generated 284,364 MWh – 86% of the total.
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