Can Solar Become "Unamerican"?

The U.S. is betting big on gas. China is betting big on solar. This story pains a picture of a new axis: pro-gas, pro-U.S. and pro-solar, pro-China at the opposing ends. Sounds a bit far-fetched to me but it's an interesting perspective nevertheless. Humankind likes to divide.

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Lets not forget the betting big on solar energy of countries in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, etc.  These are countries undoubtedly with full potential in this field. 

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The divide between  solar China and US gas is not so clear.

China is the leader in solar panels production but is also replacing many coal power plants with gas power plants.

The US is leading the shale gas revolution but is also increasing wind and solar energy : 

"Wind and solar accounted for more than 98% of all new U.S. electrical generation placed into service in the first two months of this year, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released  by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions (FERC) "

http://www.electricenergyonline.com/article/energy/category/solar/142/696278/sun-day-campaignwind-solar-provide-98-of-new-u-s-generating-capacity-in-january-february.html

 

But it's true that countries phasing out coal will have to choose between gas and renewables to replace the coal power plants.

For years gas has been heralded as the bridge energy between coal and oil on one side and renewables on the other side. But the price of renewable energy has been falling quickly than expected in recent years. So for many countries the question will be : should we replace the coal powered plants with gas powered plants or can we leapfrog directly to renewables ?

 

 

 

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Not sure the leapfrogging will work. There is still the issue of energy storage for renewable installations, though it is being addressed, true. 

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