The Future of Solar Energy

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Renewable energy continues to be at the forefront of economical and environmental discussions across the globe. GE and JESS3 have partnered to visually tell the story of solar power: its past, present and future. As GE continues to demonstrate its leadership and commitment to renewable energy through its latest solar panel development, it also continues in its data visualization efforts by helping tell the underlying story through design. The infographic helps detail the complex story of solar power and provides additional context for GE’s latest product in solar technology, the most efficient thin film solar panel created to date.




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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 Nuclear Renewable (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 2008 $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
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