Solar Impulse 2 lands in Chongqing, after completing most challenging leg since starting round-the-world fuel-free flight.
The kind of numbers reported by China’s largest coal producer is signal that most populous country continues to step back from coal.
Even with an early start, nuclear power is surpassed by wind power in China and India, and will soon be overtaken in Brazil, South Africa.
Under the Dome, a documentary on pollution in China that has been viewed by more than 200 million people, could turn the tables against fossil fuels in the world’s biggest polluter. Merrill Lynch says the video could have as big an impact Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. Bad news for coal and oil; good news for solar, wind.
Solar module prices averaged around 72 cents per watt in the U.S. and 56 cents in Chile in Q4 2014.
The continued buildup of coal-fired power plants in China represents an investment bubble that will burst as overcapacity becomes too large to ignore.
Chile is now emerging as the southern hemisphere’s renewable energy giant, so what can we learn from our Pacific neighbours?
New report suggests China can go well beyond its deal with the US, and increase its use of renewable energy to 26% by 2030.
Far from “doing nothing”, China will be building the world’s largest renewable energy system over the next 16 years.