Gallery: World’s Combined Solar Power Capacity Reaches Record 101 Gigaw...


The European Photovoltaic Industry Association just announced that the world’s combined solar power capacity has surpassed 100 gigawatts to hit a new high, topping out at 101 gigawatts! The news shows that renewable energy is definitely on the rise – especially considering that the record for wind power capacity was also broken in 2012

The solar power arrays around the world, from giant farms to personal solar panels, have the capacity to generate as much power as sixteen coal burning plants or one nuclear reactor, but with clean energy.  As more and more solar arrays are installed in nations across the continents, the world’s dependence on oil and other fossil fuels shrinks, helping to pave the way for continued renewable energy in the future.

Aside from starting the safeguarding process against these natural resources that will run out, the rise of solar power also helps cut back harmful emissions that pollute our atmosphere.

Last year, over 30 gigawatts of solar arrays were installed worldwide, pushing our solar capacity far forward beyond the expectations of the solar industry just ten years ago. Both the shattered records of solar power and wind energy in 2012 prove that these renewable energy sources are here to stay, and that the world has accepted a strong global market for each.  At this rate, the EPIA anticipates the industry to grow even more exponentially in 2013.

Via Phys Org

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  1. Benjamin Fetrow February 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Glad that Greenspring Energy could help add solar to the world!

  2. Petar Posavec February 14, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I would like to comment that 101GW is a lot more than just 1 nuclear power plant (by a factor of approximately 100 more).
    Someone made a calculation error of big proportions here seeing how most nuclear power plants we’ve been using until now were in the range of 500MW to 800MW (of older construction).
    That’s an equivalent of 125 to 200 nuclear reactors.
    But, let’s round the number and say that 1 average nuclear reactor produces 1000MW – which would still equate to 101 nuclear reactors (or about 1600 coal plants).

    Newer nuclear units are in the range of 1200MW (the BN-1200 which is slated for construction in 2015).
    Meaning that it would take 84 BN-1200 reactors to reach 101GW (1000MW = 1GW).

    Either way… I urge whoever wrote the article to change their calculations to reflect proper values because this is creating a bad impression on renewables for those who might not be aware of the details.

  3. jerryj February 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I wish American companies would do a better job of making solar panels. Currently, there is so much toxic sludge associated with making them by American companies’ current methods, it takes months of use to make up for it. : (

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