Solar is Now Number One

According to the World Economic Form (WEF) report, the 2016 calendar year marks a new era for solar energy as a fuel source having trounced fossil fuels. Both solar and wind is now the same price or cheaper than new fossil fuel capacity in more than 30 countries. This means that people will begin to safely invest in new sustainable energy resources like never before.

Although this is encouraging, there are also hurdles needing to be crossed often political and rather than economic. The $1 trillion goal set at the Paris climate change accord is currently at around 25% of that goal ($286 billion) for global renewable investment.

It is likely that sooner than later the prices will drop low enough for solar and wind that they will win over despite the current trouble of integration to our current infrastructure due to contract standardization, regulations among some of the impending factors. As is looks, the tipping point isn’t far away. 2017 is looking bright!

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Japan’s New Floating Solar Power Stations

Floating Solar Island in IndiaJapan’s newest power source is giant floating solar power stations!

A single one of these floating solar systems, manufactured by Kyocera, is able to generate around 1650 megawatt hours annually. Two of them would provide enough electricity for around 920 households. The next solar farm planned to be just east of Tokyo set to go live next March would be able to power 5,000 households.

These new floating solar “mega-plants” generate power more efficiently due to the cooling effect of the oceanic water underneath the station. The shade that is created from the stations is said to also reduced water from evaporating as quickly as well as the growth of algae.

Could you imagine if they make islands like this around major cities? For the hot summers in Japan it would be nice to know that your AC works. Oh, and that you are using a sustainable energy source, that too!