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Why Governments Are Less Important To Renewable Energy, As Demonstrated By Spain

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Spain’s government has set the target for 100% of its electricity to come from renewables by 2050, but the reality is that the private sector will probably have more to do with hitting that target than the authorities in Madrid. It will probably happen sometime before 2050 as well.

Solar power is already the cheapest form of power when compared to market prices. The chief of the country’s solar trade association claimed last year that there was a pipeline of 29GW of photovoltaic (PV) projects proposed for private companies. That is to say, projects that will be for the sole use of large energy users and either directly or virtually plugged into their facilities. The power purchase agreements (PPAs) are popular among the likes of Facebook and Google in the US and for nervous investors, they offer projects to sink their capital into without taking on the risk associated with relying on a government. Their hesitancy is understandable. Continue reading “Why Governments Are Less Important To Renewable Energy, As Demonstrated By Spain”

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Wind and solar to lead renewable energy demand growth in US

U.S. demand for renewable energy is forecast to reach 12.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2021, according to Renewable Energy: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Demand for solar energy is forecast to rise 20 per cent per year, the fastest among the resource segments. Government incentives and renewable portfolio mandates will propel rapid expansion in solar energy production capacity and demand. In addition, falling component prices and suppliers’ improving installation experience are deflating project costs.

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