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As the cost of production lowers to less than that of natural gas and coal-fired plants, solar power is looking at some big growth in the future. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) solar energy is expected to grow sixfold by 2030.

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Many people are opting for green energy because it is clear that the cause of our environmental problems is the continued use of fossil fuel. Fortunately, fossil fuel can be substituted by fairly affordable green energy choices today, one of them being solar energy. Solar power is an efficient means of giving out clean energy.

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Chinese scientists’ team lead by Qunwei Tang, at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao and Yunnan Normal University (Kunming) was working on all-weather solar cells. This team has discovered a technique to generate electricity with assistance from raindrops. Solar cells that can generate electricity even during rain showers with the help of graphene is what the study is about.

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The world’s single largest rooftop solar power system went into full operation on May 18, 2016, in Punjab, India. Located in a small city Beas, 45 kilometers from Amritsar this rooftop power plant’s total installed capacity is 19.5 Mw.

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Japan is in the process of building world’s largest floating solar power plant. Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation in the joint venture have started construction of the world’s largest, 13.7 megawatts (MW) floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir. And this is on fresh water reservoir without gobbling precious agriculture land in Japan.

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Researchers from Linköping University of Sweden and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) of China have overcome this by continuous research. These two research groups will be presenting their results in the high-profile journal Advanced Materials. The efficiency of polymer solar cells with fullerenes in converting the sun’s energy is approximately 11% and is considered to be good.

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Saudi Arabia, the second largest Oil producer of the world is all set to slowly become the world’s largest producer of Solar Energy. The kingdom exporting 11,624,000 barrels of oil per day has realized the necessity to utilize the renewable energy sources effectively. It looks an odd decision for the country like Saudi Arabia having such huge oil recourses and holds the second biggest market share in the global oil market.

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With the realization of severe climate change effects the City of San Francisco has started implementing many important decisions and programs. It has plans to run the city on 100% renewable energy by the year 2020. One such decision comes into force from Jan 2017 in regards to the new buildings being constructed.

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Ray Kurzweil has issued a bold statement about what is in the store for solar energy in the coming years while presenting at a medical technology forum. He predicts that solar power could be the main source of energy in less than a decade.