Over the years we have seen wind farms appear in our countryside and in our coastal waters at a staggering rate. The site of large wind turbines will either appeal to you or you will dislike them because they are so prominent.
Can the same thing be said of solar panels as you drive around your estate observing at least one house roof in almost every street covered in shiny grey/black panels? Again, you will either be comfortable with what you see or feel that they really are an eye sore.
Well, no matter what you think of them, neither type of renewable energy source is going to disappear. In fact, it is being forecast that this year, for the first time, solar power is going to generate more capacity than wind. Who would have thought this was possible ten years ago?
This forecast has been made by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) that is the defining source of news and data relating to the changing face of the energy sector. If you are a supporter, manufacturer or installer of solar panels this really is great news.
BNEF are predicting that the capacity of new wind power globally will hit 35.5 gigawatts in 2013 with this being broken down into on-shore wind farms generating 33.8 gigawatts and offshore wind farms generating 1.7 gigawatts – a huge variance. However, new worldwide solar power capacity is forecast to achieve 36.7 gigawatts exceeding that of wind powered capacity by more than 1 gigawatt – a fantastic result if this figure is achieved.
Well, how do those figures compare with last year? Interestingly, solar power produced 30.5 gigawatts of capacity but wind power an impressive 46.6 gigawatts of capacity. A major reason for the reduction seen this year in wind generated power capacity is due to this dropping in both China and the USA who are the largest two operators in the sector.
So, why has the reverse happened in 2013 with solar power? Well, a major reason is the drop in the price of solar photovoltaic panels plus incentives were introduced in both Japan and China.
Those supporters of solar power will be even happier to read that it is being forecast that solar power will account for 16% of generated capacity in 2030 whereas at the moment it is only 2% – a significant increase.
So, if that has whetted your appetite to seriously consider looking into the benefits of having solar panels fitted why not visit www.solarpanelsuk.co.uk where lots of useful information is available about solar panelling.
Article written by Danielle Biggs from Solar Panels UK – a leading resource offering a range of free tools and information relating to solar panels. For further information visit Solar Panels UK Google+ page here.