...is captured in a book and a recent report on the transformative capability of solar power. When I begin to doubt the potential of using photovoltaic technology to transform our homes and commercial property while reducing the impact on the world we leave behind, I pick up either this book or report, and the doubts evaporate.
The book, available on Amazon, takes a predictive approach to looking at how solar power, and distributed generation, can power our economy as costs drop. I don't fully buy his pitch that it will transform the energy industry. I do buy his predictions that solar will reach grid parity, and the ability to match our onsite needs with onsite generation is enhanced by these cost reductions. The implementation will happen at the margins--and pv is already working at the margins.
This report--Solar Generation IV--[pdf 5MB] goes even further, looking at the jobs and economic effects of the transformation. The report highlights the jump developing economies will experience with distributed pv generation, leapfrogging their lack of present energy infrastructure, to power schools, community, and home.
Their prediction? Solar power for one billion people and two million jobs in less than 15 years.
Shifting to a triple bottom line, distributed generation, sustainable way of looking at how we use the tools of home, workplace, and where we gather requires reminding myself of why this transformation is so important, and how it really is not that far from implementation. Very possible.