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The Rise Of Solar Power

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Solar power is on the rise. You can see the evidence on rooftops and in the desert, where utility-scale solar plants are popping up. The picture is not all rosy, but if the recent past is any indication, solar power is going to help lead the transition to a carbon-free future, and it might do it faster than we all expected.

Elon Musk and Tesla promised solar roof tiles in 2016, but the industry might not need an upgrade as its grown significantly with the solar panels currently available. You can see the evidence both on individual rooftops and in the utility-scale solar plants increasingly popping up in deserts across the country. In the United States, of all about 30% of the new power capacity added to the grid in 2018 was from solar.

But the picture is not all rosy. Solar power (and sunshine) is intermittent and the price of lithium ion batteries, one of the most popular current storage solutions, is still relatively high.

These are real problems that the industry needs to tackle if solar is going to reach its potential. However, if the recent past is any indication, solar power is going to help lead the transition to a carbon-free future, and it might do it faster than we all expected. Watch the video to learn more.

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The Rise Of Solar Power

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33 Comments

  1. Colin McKim

    November 14, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Hmm, last I heard about grid-level storage was that lead-acid was still most economical

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  2. Mark Anthony

    November 15, 2019 at 4:15 am

    I point out that the rise of solar only happens for part of the day…and in some areas it only happens ten days out of the month. I recommend an ultra reliable backup system…fossil fuels.

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  3. Russell Auger

    November 15, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Solar decreases reflection, her Albedo matters.

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  4. mike askme

    November 17, 2019 at 11:36 am

    i cant wait to read the negative comments, i am sure there will be some what aboutism or but this or that. I am also sure i will hear the reliable " well the government subsidizes the industry".

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  5. mac berry

    November 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I would like to see a smartphone with a high-end removable battery

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  6. checotey

    November 20, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    thx 4 the video, very informative!

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  7. joe biden

    November 20, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Just shut down the coal plants and make desert totally solar panels covered,then those solar company's won't go bankrupt.

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  8. Jack Harpe 3rd

    November 22, 2019 at 7:04 am

    My only problem is that it could make California even more expensive to live in.

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  9. Amit Pandey

    November 22, 2019 at 7:40 am

    This harmful for sun

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  10. DAN KOLLARS

    November 22, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    i have solar, from personal experience i can tell you: it probably will not produce what you expect, if you pay to have it installed its probably not worth it, its a lot of work keeping them clean especially on a roof. if you want to install it yourself its almost impossible because of government. the life of solar on a roof is only the remaining life of your roof, you pay dearly for a removal and reinstall. if your not in a high sun output state dont bother unless you can install yourself.

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  11. High Pressure

    November 25, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    What killed the dinosaurs…an asteroid strike whos impact debris cloud blocked out the sun and caused a nuclear winter….this is when you need coal nuclear and wind generation….and when it comes to the next asteroid strike its not if its when…but not one green lefty has ever brought this scenario into the equation…

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  12. denise starr

    November 27, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Solar works.

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  13. marcel J

    November 28, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Houses should be 12 volt systems. All led lighting. Absorption refrigeration. Heat pump hvac. There are 100s of ways to build net zero homes. Govs. Need to promote the green future.

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  14. Anthony Mendoza

    November 28, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Right. The issue now is storage, not solar or wind. Solar and wind are dirt cheap. It is the storage that is the problem.

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  15. Dutch Flats

    November 28, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    "The mark of our age is that we replaced what worked with what sounded good." – Thomas Sowell

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  16. M Detlef

    November 29, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    BIG solar and BIG wind are the way to go. Solar panels on individual homes is STUPID. You get TWICE the bang for the buck with HUGE installations.

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  17. Bruce Liu

    November 30, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Solar panels do generate some power at night. Very little from moon and star light.

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  18. Robert Harris

    November 30, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Solar needs to be much cheaper for Main Street. Most solar companies want the purchaser to get a loan for 20 years on a solar system for their home.. which is RIDICULOUS and needs Changing NOW

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  19. knowledge for you

    November 30, 2019 at 8:43 am

    The Title must be The Rise Of Solar Power In United States

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  20. Armin Razmjoo

    December 1, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Solar energy and rescue the world

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  21. terry13usa

    December 3, 2019 at 4:30 am

    They seem to have left out some very important facts. Solar panels takes up alot of space. That more than 1 acre per car according to this video (29000 acres of solar panel removes 22000 cars). Th ere are 272 millions cars in the U.S., I don't think we have over 300 million acres or about 470,000 sq. miles or 13% of country cover by solar panels or the state of California, Texas and Montana all completely covered in solar panels. And don't forget the millions of birds killed by wind turbines every year. Also, they only work with Sun and wind, which is very unreliable. All the subsidies that the solar energy get has cause the cost of electricity to increase immensely. For the average person, solar power is lose-lose proposition.

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  22. ImpactoDelSur Enterprise

    December 3, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Not one mention on power production per square meter? How about the costs of recyling instead of the current landfill where dead panels go? How about the carbon debt of manufacturing solar panels? Don't even get started on transmission costs. Otherwise this is just an infomercial for solar panels.

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  23. Steve Bollmeyer

    December 3, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Wyoming is building a 3GW wind farm that will be sending most of it to California. Yes, Wyoming has the highest wind profile in the country. I lived there, I know.

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  24. None One

    December 4, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Its energy should be cheap but the reality is the solar panel and machine instruments are really expensive. It's really suitable for the tropic countries such as countries in middle east, Africa, and southeastren Asia ( Pasific Asia). For the industries that produced this machine to be more wise on product prices. 🇬🇧🌹

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  25. Francis

    December 6, 2019 at 2:19 am

  26. Doug Mcdonell

    December 6, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    14:20 Utilities are sourcing wind and solar instead of natural gas. Nope, wind and solar don't work without peakers, maybe some day storage will be cheaper than gas but not yet. Strange that the "duck curve" wasn't mentioned, that's what happens now.

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  27. Dean Bithell

    December 6, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    WOW!! Yes!!! I Loved this video! Solar is changing and improving everyday! There are MANY ways to help our planet and pockets. For now tho, Solar is a GREAT solution!
    I provide FREE Solar Quotes in Northern California. DBithell@kotaenergygroup.com
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  28. ALBeau Scorpio

    December 8, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Hedison battereis are better, HEMP battery will be available coming soon..Lithium pollutes a lot…. not recyclable yet..They dont like cold climate..They can blow up…

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  29. Mr Penguin

    December 9, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Solar isn't the future, at least not on earth. Power-consumption will GROW as time goes by, and lithium mining is not good for the environment. The best solution is nuclear power, high energy output, and it can be advanced. The issue of radioactive waste is also not present with modern plants, as their half-life is around 100-200 years I believe.

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  30. ALBeau Scorpio

    December 9, 2019 at 6:28 am

  31. Thamus Jones

    December 9, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Heat pumps, Heat pumps, Heat pumps, Heat pumps, HEAT PUMPS!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to talk about the tremendous energy saving potential of heat pumps!!!

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  32. The Collector

    December 12, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    why not just go with the clear glass solar panels ? they where already being talked about in 2014 so they should have come a long way since now. basically why are we not already replacing windows with the solar cell windows

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  33. Phat Phan

    December 13, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    When graphene can be produced massively and cheaply, it will open a new age of human – THE GRAPHENE AGE. It is a wonder material with so many applications. We are going to have graphene-based solar panels, graphene battery with high efficient that can quick solve climate change issue.

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