The Rise Of Solar Power

  • Published: 21 September 2019
  • Solar power is on the rise. You can see the evidence on rooftops and in the desert, where utility-scale solar plants are popping up. The picture is not all rosy, but if the recent past is any indication, solar power is going to help lead the transition to a carbon-free future, and it might do it faster than we all expected.

    Elon Musk and Tesla promised solar roof tiles in 2016, but the industry might not need an upgrade as its grown significantly with the solar panels currently available. You can see the evidence both on individual rooftops and in the utility-scale solar plants increasingly popping up in deserts across the country. In the United States, of all about 30% of the new power capacity added to the grid in 2018 was from solar.

    But the picture is not all rosy. Solar power (and sunshine) is intermittent and the price of lithium ion batteries, one of the most popular current storage solutions, is still relatively high.

    These are real problems that the industry needs to tackle if solar is going to reach its potential. However, if the recent past is any indication, solar power is going to help lead the transition to a carbon-free future, and it might do it faster than we all expected. Watch the video to learn more.

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    The Rise Of Solar Power

Comments • 1 911

  • Michael Ng
    Michael Ng  21 hours back

    Does it make engineer sense that future solar panel farm looks long and thin?

    • W K
      W K  2 days back

      I tell you, if I lived in a state like California that shuts down power when the wind blows, you bet I'd invest in a solar system to protect my family from idiot bureaucrats. I hear they murdered one guy last week because his breathing machine had no power. It's sad that in some places we have to treat bureaucracy like a natural disaster, but we're at that point. Protect your family.

      • phillip st
        phillip st  2 days back

        don't forget water can create power too...rivers oceans lakes plumbing makes as much sense but never gets mentioned in these videos

        • Tim martino
          Tim martino  4 days back

          Hmm...the rise off ? What does this mean ?

          • David Analyst
            David Analyst  5 days back

            California is leading the way by turning off their electricity, All their power companies are bankrupt, and they can't pay people to deliver electricity in San Francisco

            • Fake news, Fake food, Fake world

              Just think how many solar panels it would take to charge one P100D within one hour? 100kw size farm!!! Truth is Tesla gets its power from oil and coal.

              • Fake news, Fake food, Fake world

                We need new technology so the old will become much cheaper to buy. What if batteries and solar became twice as powerful per size it would take off.

                • Tim Lucas
                  Tim Lucas  5 days back

                  North Carolina doesn't have deserts or plains. Other than that - fantastic news! Great video!

                  • Joe Peluchette
                    Joe Peluchette  5 days back

                    Not allowed where I live I would dispute this but 12 grand upfront not gonna happen also most of plants shown are only releasing steam into air so that's first thing that raises red flags and me second guesse on weather this is even true

                    • Fook Seng Loke
                      Fook Seng Loke  5 days back

                      Does anybody try generating energy using carbon dioxide in the air yet?

                      • Michael Phelps
                        Michael Phelps  6 days back

                        Remember: paying off your solar loan doesn't equal break even. It just means you've paid off the loan. It may take another 10+ years of electricity savings before those savings equal the sum of the loan payments. That's the long game of ROI.

                        • EMIL V.GEORGE
                          EMIL V.GEORGE  6 days back

                          Please also search for the airport competly run on solar power only ..
                          It's in Kerala in India😀

                          • Aus
                            Aus  6 days back

                            i’ll say global warming is the rise

                            • Daoharu Boro
                              Daoharu Boro  6 days back

                              India has world's largest solar park.

                              • tomcat8662
                                tomcat8662  7 days back

                                7-8 years break-even with tax credits. Without tax credits it would likely be 10-11 years break-even which is around the lifespan of a solar panel. So basically there is no cost savings.

                                • Danny G
                                  Danny G  1 weeks back

                                  Do nuclead next

                                  • Hebe Gebes
                                    Hebe Gebes  1 weeks back

                                    cold fusion

                                    • Hebe Gebes
                                      Hebe Gebes  5 days back

                                      @fhd fah what about teslas vibration or cant they extract power out of the envirinment since theres so much energy all around us

                                    • fhd fah
                                      fhd fah  6 days back

                                      Science fiction

                                  • Function Motors
                                    Function Motors  1 weeks back

                                    It doesn't make any sense to install solar panels on residential roofs, I already did the math. It will take 40-50 years to get your money back and life of solar panels is around 25-30 years. Only way it will make sense is if utilities start paying you cash instead of energy credits. Essentially, installing solar panels on residential roofs will only burn holes in people's pocket. Just replace all the light bulbs in the house with LED/SMD bulbs. My electricity bill went from $40-45/month down to less than $30/month, and the bulbs are 2-3 times brighter than halogen or CFL bulbs. I guess the only case it will make sense is, you have two electric cars, you charge them at home, and you drive a lot.

                                    • Tony Chen
                                      Tony Chen  1 weeks back

                                      Solar power is nice but we should do an "everything in the toolbox" approach like the IPCC suggested. Incorporate nuclear power and carbon capture with renewable. Net-zero carbon is the goal and a combined approach gets us there the fastest.

                                      • Bruno Santos
                                        Bruno Santos  2 weeks back

                                        Solar/Eolic by day, nuclear with thorium by night. There, perfect solution!

                                        • Udum Spam
                                          Udum Spam  2 weeks back

                                          why does solar and wind need subsidies if it is so great. Just another way to bleed tax payer money from us.

                                          • Andrew Breiter-Wu
                                            Andrew Breiter-Wu  2 weeks back

                                            Because all other energy sources are heavily subsidized across our country (Oil, Gas, etc)

                                        • Jason Davis
                                          Jason Davis  2 weeks back


                                          • Axel C
                                            Axel C  2 weeks back

                                            Nuclear pls

                                            • Finance Junkie
                                              Finance Junkie  2 weeks back

                                              This was informative and the interview clips were good. Ignore the negative comments.

                                            • shara 995
                                              shara 995  2 weeks back

                                              When the sun, wind and hydro power is giving free energy supply, why are you digging the earth for crude? Fossil fuel should be inside the earth. But it is getting burned regularly. Say no to petrol and diesel vehicles.

                                              • MsSunhappy
                                                MsSunhappy  2 weeks back

                                                Oil is used to make plastics and clothes

                                            • OffGrid Wanabe
                                              OffGrid Wanabe  2 weeks back

                                              Hydrogen could be the answer for solar storage

                                              • Onoff314
                                                Onoff314  2 weeks back

                                                Strange how Solar is so expensive in the US for households. Here in Australia you can get a 6KW system for 3-4k USD.

                                                • Brian Zack
                                                  Brian Zack  2 weeks back

                                                  things with battery is they get wear up over time. imagine having to replace all those batteries on every power provider centre. imagine if it is installed in every home. how are we gonna dispose them appropriately? So we gonna need another plant/regulatory just to take care of the worn out batteries. not to say Li-Po can catch fire easily had something gone wrong.. so... yeah... the future of energy can be a difficult puzzle to solved

                                                  • Bolivian Prince
                                                    Bolivian Prince  2 weeks back

                                                    there is a lot of lithium in bolivia we should be having those batteries at 500 bucks in my town.

                                                    • aslesh
                                                      aslesh  2 weeks back

                                                      In India banks are not ready to finance solar projects ...
                                                      because power produced from solar is itself cheaper then other sources that it does not make sustainable to fund these projects..

                                                      • Jurgen M.
                                                        Jurgen M.  2 weeks back

                                                        Go Solar

                                                        • Anthony R
                                                          Anthony R  2 weeks back

                                                          Why don’t we just use nuclear energy more

                                                          • retnavybrat
                                                            retnavybrat  1 weeks back

                                                            @Anthony R: Ever hear of a solar power plant contaminating its surrounding area with radiation after an accident?

                                                          • Anthony R
                                                            Anthony R  2 weeks back

                                                            Thatyou GoOn High initial cost. However, lower kWh cost

                                                          • Thatyou GoOn
                                                            Thatyou GoOn  2 weeks back

                                                            @Anthony R

                                                          • Anthony R
                                                            Anthony R  2 weeks back

                                                            Thatyou GoOn Nuclear has the lowest cost per kilowatt hour compared to all sources of energy

                                                          • Thatyou GoOn
                                                            Thatyou GoOn  2 weeks back

                                                            Because of the cost per kWh

                                                        • Ptguy0618
                                                          Ptguy0618  2 weeks back

                                                          Completely impractical, massively expensive, non consistent, major maintenance required.

                                                          • Sandeep Darpel
                                                            Sandeep Darpel  2 weeks back

                                                            Very informative and looking forward to give innovative services globally from Smart Solar India.
                                                            Sandeep Darpel

                                                            • perf b
                                                              perf b  2 weeks back

                                                              Right on! Kudos to all the solar cell engineers! How about a video on China's rise in solar?

                                                              • Bahadur Ali
                                                                Bahadur Ali  3 weeks back

                                                                Rosen the best brand me too have risen on my roof top.... dont know why risen left working with inverex pakistan...

                                                                • Johnny MaC
                                                                  Johnny MaC  3 weeks back

                                                                  When I lived in Europe it was common to see solar farms used to raise livestock also.

                                                                  • Raheel Pervaiz
                                                                    Raheel Pervaiz  3 weeks back

                                                                    Solar energy god willing will be for the masses. No more scummy electric companies.

                                                                    • TheHvk
                                                                      TheHvk  3 weeks back

                                                                      There may be hope for the future yet!!!

                                                                      • Golden Spatian
                                                                        Golden Spatian  3 weeks back

                                                                        Solar panels still take rare earth elements

                                                                        • Tony Philip
                                                                          Tony Philip  3 weeks back

                                                                          Cochin International Airport located in Kerala, India became the first fully solar-powered airport in the world..

                                                                          • BOB MINION
                                                                            BOB MINION  3 weeks back

                                                                            Until the cost of Li-ion batteries depreciates why cant energy be stored in like Pumped storage plant ?

                                                                            • Sridhar Natuva
                                                                              Sridhar Natuva  3 weeks back

                                                                              0.29 64M US homes? Then why yiu start using the word "world" if your not talking world. Show some respect to other countries in the world.

                                                                              • Andy Erkfritz
                                                                                Andy Erkfritz  3 weeks back

                                                                                Not excited about solar until battery tech catches up to help the duck curve

                                                                                • Travis Williamson
                                                                                  Travis Williamson  3 weeks back

                                                                                  We need to reach those tech plateaus in order to develop new tech. That becomes the driver of innovation.

                                                                                  • Travis Williamson
                                                                                    Travis Williamson  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Tho Moore's Law was for the number of transistors that could fit on a microchip, it can be applied to almost everything in the universe.

                                                                                    • ottawa
                                                                                      ottawa  3 weeks back

                                                                                      We need some solar panel that is a lot cheaper than what is available currently to speed up the replacement of fossil energy source , e.g perovskite solar cell that has at least same efficiency as the silicone counter part but about 20-30% of the cost.

                                                                                      • zane johnson
                                                                                        zane johnson  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Why doesn't the landlords put solar in , and use it as positive reason for people to rent from them??