Energy Mapped: Solar Power by Country in 2021

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Energy Mapped: Solar Power by Country in 2021

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The world is adopting renewable energy at an unprecedented pace, and solar power is the energy source leading the way.

Despite a 4.5% fall in global energy demand in 2020, renewable energy technologies showed promising progress. While the growth in renewables was strong across the board, solar power led from the front with 127 gigawatts installed in 2020, its largest-ever annual capacity expansion.

The above infographic uses data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to map solar power capacity by country in 2021. This includes both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power capacity.

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mapped ... y-in-2021/
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Re: Energy Mapped: Solar Power by Country in 2021

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uncledad wrote: November 22nd, 2021, 3:24 pm Image

The world is adopting renewable energy at an unprecedented pace, and solar power is the energy source leading the way.

Despite a 4.5% fall in global energy demand in 2020, renewable energy technologies showed promising progress. While the growth in renewables was strong across the board, solar power led from the front with 127 gigawatts installed in 2020, its largest-ever annual capacity expansion.

The above infographic uses data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to map solar power capacity by country in 2021. This includes both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power capacity.

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mapped ... y-in-2021/
Until the "world," recognizes that solar and wind have their own environmental issues. It is all about trade-offs. DOn't care about birds....more wind. Don't care about ground water pollution or how to dispose of old solar panels. More Solar.

Nuclear is the smartest way to go but....those fucking trade-offs
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Re: Energy Mapped: Solar Power by Country in 2021

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Vercingetorix wrote: November 22nd, 2021, 5:39 pm Until the "world," recognizes that solar and wind have their own environmental issues. It is all about trade-offs. DOn't care about birds....more wind. Don't care about ground water pollution or how to dispose of old solar panels. More Solar.

Nuclear is the smartest way to go but....those fucking trade-offs
The problem with nuclear is up front costs and cost over runs that make the former look small in comparison.

I'm for modern nuclear power plants and upgrading the grid from end to end. That's not cheap and it will take years to complete.
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Re: Energy Mapped: Solar Power by Country in 2021

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uncledad wrote: November 23rd, 2021, 9:30 am The problem with nuclear is up front costs and cost over runs that make the former look small in comparison.

I'm for modern nuclear power plants and upgrading the grid from end to end. That's not cheap and it will take years to complete.
Again, trade-offs. The amount of solar panels to meet the capabilities of even a small nuclear power plant is astounding.
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Vercingetorix wrote: November 23rd, 2021, 11:08 am Again, trade-offs. The amount of solar panels to meet the capabilities of even a small nuclear power plant is astounding.
Location, location, location. Urban areas would benefit more from nuclear compared to the very rural sprawl of the countryside where solar has a cost effective advantage.

When you consider the possibility of fire season in the western states, going with a solar back up while still tied into the grid is better than no power at all. Even with a nuclear plant as the main source there's still transmission lines to contend with.
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