Monday, 22 February 2010

Solar Power: Go Big or Go Local??

Where Will Solar Power Plants Be Built—Deserts or Rooftops?
21 Ventures’ David Anthony says there’s less red tape in going local.

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{Note: Of course, My bias is "Go Local" -- don't do those big infrastructure projects, make the solution granular and combinatorial!!!}

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

Solar energy, despite all of the effort to increase its usage, still only accounts for less than one percent of the energy we consume. The amount of solar energy that reaches the Earth's surface every hour is greater than mankind's total demand for energy in a whole year. The total energy stored in the world's supply of fossil fuels is equal to just twenty days of solar energy. By any measure, the sun is a powerful and virtually limitless source of energy and it is imperative that we capitalize on this clean energy source by increasing our use of solar energy and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

How do we begin to capitalize on such a rich source of energy? Both distributed and utility-scale solar energy projects are vital to accommodate the world's growing energy needs as they are both suited to harness the extraordinary power of the sun.

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