The Future of Solar Energy

The Future of Solar
Harnessing the power of the sun for a sustainable future

Historical Energy Consumption
Billion kWh
1950 10,145
1960 13,214
1970 19,883

The Past
Fossil Fuels
(inc, solar)

1980 22,895
1990 24,809
2000 29,005

In one hour more sunlight falls on the earth than what is used by the entire population in one year. It is the most readily available renewable source of energy that we have access to on the planet.

2009 Energy Consumption
27,718 Billion kWh
83% fossil fuels
9% nuclear
7% renewable
1% solar energy

Recent Years
88,221 kWh
produced in 2000

1,282,560 kWh
produced in 2009

$4.00 Price per Watt
$2.25 2009
US Solar Industry
Solar shipments (peak)

US 2035 Energy Goals
80% of electricity
Would be from green energy sources
85% increase
Renewable energy investment
“$1 a Watt”
Initiative to make solar energy cost competitive

The Future
Grid integration
Solar ‘Factories’
Increased efficiency
Solar’s Future

The Future of Solar Energy

shared by JESS3 on May 02, 2011 in Environment

The Future of Solar Energy

shared by JESS3 on May 02, 2011 in Environment


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