Did you hear? Charlotte's Duke Energy, North Carolina's big-daddy energy producer and one of the largest in the country, ranks No. 10 for solar energy production. TEN! Wowee.
In other solar energy news, according to Grist.org, it's getting cheaper to produce, creating jobs and government spending on it creates more jobs that traditional energy sources.
Now, that news really deserves a big, hearty WOWEE!! We like jobs and cheaper things, don't we?
Although solar thermal power has been slow to get under way, utility-scale plants are being built rapidly now, led by the United States and Spain. The United States has more than 40 solar thermal power plants operating, under construction, and under development that range from 10 to 1,200 megawatts each. Spain has 60 power plants in these same stages of development, most of which are 50 megawatts each. The American Solar Energy Society notes that solar thermal resources in the U.S. Southwest can satisfy current U.S. electricity needs nearly four times over.
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Here's more from Lester Brown on renewable energy's potential future: