Floridians with Solar Inverters had Electricity after Irma & other Green energy success stories

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

After Hurricane Irma in Florida, millions have been without electricity. But those Floridians who had solar panels plus an inverter or a Tesla powerwall were able to recover electricity immediately. Likewise, cities used solar to power traffic lights and other essential services after the huge storm had blown past.

Likewise, solar panels kept the lights on in India during the horrific storms and floods of monsoon this year.

h/t Reuters

The CEO of REC, Steve O’Neil which makes solar panels, reveals some amazing progress on green energy:

In 2010, there were 50 gigawatts of solar power in the world. Today it is 305 gigawatts.

Globally, solar installations increased by 50% in 2016 alone.

The average cost of solar-generated electricity worldwide is currently 8 cents a kilowatt hour. That is down 70% since 2010!

But, US solar power arrays are at an average of 6 cents a kilowatt hour. That is competitive with coal and gas, and you haven’t seen anything yet. Prices will come on down to 2 cents a kilowatt hour in only a few years.

India, a country of 1.2 billion people, has the seventh largest gross domestic product in the world (ahead of Italy and Brazil and just behind France).

India has gone from having 2.65 gigawatts of solar in 2014 to having 13 gigawatts of solar capacity in 2017.

India’s federal and many state governments strongly back solar, so that it is expected to take off during the next decade. India added 5.525 gigawatts of solar capacity in 2016-2017 alone.

And in Asia it isn’t just India. China will add some 8-10 gigawatts of solar capacity to its present 80 gigawatts this year month.

A reader corrects:

“China installed 10.5 GW of solar in JULY 2017, and 24.5 GW in H1. (35 GW with 5 months to go).”

7 Responses

  1. Juan Cole, you need to be more thorough in your research. China installed 10.5 GW of solar in JULY 2017, and 24.5 GW in H1. (35 GW with 5 months to go).

  2. It is my understanding that grid tied systems will not generate power without a 60hz source to synchronize with.

  3. whatever they had, if they had a solar panel even the camping type, they had some source of power. Its a lesson to be learned. Like wise those who still had phone service had old style, hard wired telephones which were not cordless.

    As the climate changes people might want to consider solar panels for back up and hard wired, telephones with cords.

    Whether Americans want to accept climate change or not, they might want to make plans for future extreme storms because a few years of these types of storms and the government might simply stop paying for the re building and insurance companies won’t pay out either.

  4. I’ve seen reports that many Floridians with solar panels couldn’t turn them on, due to grid connection requirements that FPL lobbied for:

    link to miaminewtimes.com

    There’s no technical reason they couldn’t turn their power back on, but it would apparently have been illegal for them to do so.

  5. And if enough Floridians had refused to act like sheep and turned on their power wall/power inverter, what would the power company do?

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