The International Energy Agency and other bodies, after conducting research related to the use of solar, fossil and nuclear technologies, concluded that solar energy will be the dominant form of electricity generation within 35 years.
This is excellent news for those of us who care about climate change and value caring for the environment, although we hope that the leaders of the countries understand that it is an environmental and economic necessity to put aside fossil and nuclear fuels.
By the year 2050, solar energy in all its forms could provide more than half of the world's electrical power, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Today, solar and wind technologies provide a third of all the power generation plants that were built in the world from 2011 to 2013.
To respond to the oil crisis, the International Energy Agency (IEA), a body formed by the 29 most developed countries in 1973 (the year it was founded), made it known in its latest report "Energy Technology Perspective 2014" .
The publication explains that the research is focused on electricity generation technologies and their future economic potentials. He adds that photovoltaic panels alone will be able to supply around 16% of the world's electricity demand, with an installed power of 4,600 GW.
It is striking that being the IEA a body traditionally defender of fossil and nuclear technologies, its conclusion was that solar energy will be the dominant form of electricity generation within 35 years, and for this reason Greenpeace values it as positive. After the New York Climate Summit that took place last September, this is precisely the kind of news that everyone concerned about climate change, and in particular the government, needs to hear.
In June 2012, Greenpeace published for the last time an analysis of the possibilities of the world energy system, where it already projected 4,548 GW photovoltaics by 2050. And today, two years later, the IEA results confirm what Greenpeace revealed in its study "Energy Revolution".
For those who thought the body's findings were overly optimistic, they can now see that the IEA goes even further.
Given the evidence, there is no choice for policy makers to adapt to the rules governing energy markets to facilitate this renewable future.
It is an environmental and economic necessity to put aside fossil and nuclear fuels. These results on solar and wind energy mean that those companies that intend to invest in coal or nuclear power plants are in serious danger of finding themselves with sunk costs, impossible to recover.
The global energy market will continue to be dominated by wind and solar energy as they are the cheapest and cleanest ways to generate electricity.
Center for Solidarity Collaborations (CCS)