Solar power ‘is world’s best hope’
Rudge Manor Solar Farm near Marlborough, Wiltshire (Tim Ireland )
SCIENTISTS are to call for the transformation of the global energy system, with future electricity generation dominated by renewable energy, particularly solar power, in the third report from the UN’s climate science experts.
Solar power alone could generate more than enough power for the whole world, especially if costs continue to fall and efficiency keeps rising, according to the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to be released next Sunday.
The scientists were asked to look at how humanity could reduce the impact of climate change, partly by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and also by adapting to the rises in temperature predicted from gases already released.
“The technical potential for solar is the largest [of the renewable energy sources] by a large magnitude,” the report will say. Both technologies are undergoing a huge expansion, with wind growing five-fold and solar power 25-fold between 2005 and 2012.