PwC Reports Solar Energy To Grow Despite Cheap Oil
Solar energy will continue to grow despite non-renewable energy price drops says a major report from PwC and University of Cambridge. We've seen this clearly in our market, but it's good to see this trend confirmed like this. Though the prices of fossil fuels are significantly low, experts say that low prices are unlikely to affect the growth of renewable energy which is continuing to become more competitive.
Here is an excerpt:
"Renewable energy technologies are far further advanced than many may believe: solar photovoltaic (PV) and on-shore wind have a track record of successful deployment, and costs have fallen dramatically in the past few years," Alex Thursby, chief executive of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), said in a report published this month. "In many parts of the world, indeed, they are now competitive with hydrocarbon energy sources."
Over the past few years, more than 50 percent of new investment in electricity generation capacity has been from renewable sources, with around $260 billion a year invested in renewable-energy technology over the past five years, said the report, which was prepared for NBAD by the University of Cambridge and PwC.
The cost of solar PV is down more than 80 percent since 2008 and modern wind turbines produce around 15 times more electricity than in the 1990s, it said.