Global Solar Production in TWh (2003-2012)
Without question, Germany has been the top country:
A world solar insolation map:
As the data above reinforces, I can only wonder why those sub-optimal countries are so progressive, for I've traveled throughout Germany a dozen times, and there is not that much sunlight, mediocre wind regimes and a biomass supply that is mostly protected. Embarrasing, but in terms of total solar power capacity in MW per million people, the USA is way down there in position #20. Our solar incentives are undependable:
Japan, because of desperation is, perhaps, too haphazardly jumping into solar. Like Germany, the country is not well-endowed with the renewables, and I've always felt that the ocean was their only hope. Keep an eye on Bulgaria.
Why is Germany #1? According to Jennifer Runyon of Renewable Energy World, Germany:
- thinks huge
- takes advantage of knowledge transfer
- has made peace with industry allies
- keeps eyes on the horizon
- has gone over the top
- but takes the road less traveled
- and has well considered unintended consequences.
- driven by citizens and communities
- creates new jobs
- keeps industrial base fit for a greener future
- regulation and open markets provide investment certainty and allow small business to compete with large corporations
- fighting climate change and phasing out nuclear power can be two sides of the same coin
- the solar shift also applies to transport and housing sectors
- transition is here to stay
- energy transition is affordable
Super Typhoon Vongfong went up to 180 MPH, but is now at 165, with gusts to 200 MPH:
Interesting that the predicted eye makes landfall over Miyazaki (where I will next month stay at the Sheraton Ocean Resort), then slide over Shikoku, currently projected to fly right over Osaka (where I will stay at the St. Regis), then Nagoya (yes, I'll be at the Westin), then Tokyo (again, another Westin). I guess the good news is that I'm still in Honolulu.