Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Peak Solar Day

We have reached the summer solstice in the north. The vagaries of cloud cover aside, this is the peak day for solar power, when the sun shines the longest on the greatest number of solar panels. If the weather elsewhere is anything like what I am seeing where I am, we will see a new record for solar electricity in a day.

But if so, it is a record that won’t mean much. With the world adding more solar capacity every day, every summer has plenty of chances to break that particular record. It is the long-term trends that matter: more solar capacity, decreasing prices for solar installations, and a bigger share of electricity generated without any particular effort or fuss.