This extremely interesting and inspiring article from the New York Times describes the rapid advancement of solar and wind power in some countries and states.
There is nothing short of a revolution going on outside UK waters, and one that we are sadly missing out on. Worldwide sales of solar panels have doubled about every 21 months over the past decade, and prices falling roughly 20 per cent with each doubling.
Germany is the biggest country leading the change to renewables – they even have a word for the transformation taking place, which they call ‘energiewende’, or energy transition. Worldwide, Germany is being held up as a model, cited by environmental activists as proof that a transformation of the global energy system is possible.
Germany’s push towards renewable energy has implications far beyond its shores. By creating huge demand for wind turbines and especially for solar panels, it has helped lure big Chinese manufacturers into the market, and that combination is driving down costs faster than almost anyone thought possible just a few years ago. Even in the USA, some States such as California are on track for 30% renewable by 2020.
Read the full article in the New York Times and be inspired.