Wednesday, February 5, 2014
China Installs Record Amounts of Solar Panels in 2013 - Contrary to the belief of some so-called "experts," solar power doesn't seem to be waning in popularity
China Installs Record Amounts of Solar Panels in 2013
Contrary to the belief of some so-called "experts," solar power doesn't seem to be waning in popularity. In fact, it seems like it is the exact opposite. Regardless of what stock prices show for renewable energies compared to oil, the world seems to be in a mad dash to develop better and more solar arrays. As China installs a record amount of solar panels for any given year in 2013, other areas focus on meeting goals of becoming more sustainable. Is this a prelude of things to come, or is China simply installing en mass in order to drive the market?
Coal Still Rules - Even though the number of solar installations in China beat its previous record, fossil fuels still make up the great majority of power generation within the country. In 2013, just under 140,000 terawatt hours were being produced by fossil fuel plants. Currently, solar power generation is roughly 5,000 terawatt hours. This means that solar power generation in China is only 3.5-percent of what fossil fuels create. If China is to replace coal firing power plants any time in the near future, the record breaking trend of 2013 needs to be accomplished exponentially.
Abundance of Materials - One of the most prominent factors of coal-burning plants is the plentiful supply of the fossil fuel. Billions upon billions of tons are mined regularly and distributed to various plants around the world. Regardless of the supply of coal, solar power is still more abundant. If the Sun ceases to produce light, we have far greater problems on our hands other than what the stock market values a company. Eventually, coal will become just as scarce as oil is getting now.
Humans Are Not Plants - Regardless if you're a believer in global warming or not, the amount of carbon dioxide being pumped into the air is not conducive to human survival. We, as a species, were never meant to wrap our lips around an exhaust pipe and inhale deeply. While these emissions may or may not be affecting the planet on a global scale, they definitely affect the population near those refineries and plants.
Coal is the Majority in China - According to forecasts by Citigroup, 60-percent of the power generated across China's grid will be supplied by coal in 2020. That's not including other methods such as gas or oil. China consumes more than four times the amount of coal than India, one of the most prominent nearby nations for comparison. While the population sizes vary greatly, this could still be viewed as too much in order to promote a healthy lifestyle for those living in the republic.
Slowly Weaning From Coal - Although China still has a long way to go to promote sustainability in the power grid, recognition should be given for realizing the problem of using fossil fuels for generating electricity. All around the globe, more and more businesses and residents are turning to becoming self-sustaining through renewable methods. Each area has goals set in order to become weaned from archaic forms of power. Could it only be a matter of time before the oil and gas industry does what they can to curtail development? Or are we doomed to frack the planet to death?
The developments over the past few years have sent a message to those who would rather see renewable energies become a dying fad. Too many people are interested in becoming self-sufficient whether it's to save the planet or save money on electricity bills. Once interest has been generated, it will be extremely difficult to discredit something that millions of people want - a breathable atmosphere and more money in their pockets.
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