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An article I wrote…

When I talk with the ‘professionals’ of the energy field, I am constantly told why solar power cannot meet our needs: The Sun don’t shine 24/7. Valid, strong point. However, there are a few details these professionals are ignoring – battery storage is coming hard.

I understand why batteries get no love – the issue of scale. The Global Electrical/Energy usage is so large that an outside the industry person wouldn’t even grasp the numbers initially. The global energy market is estimated at $6 trillion – the world’s GDP is about $75 trillion. That means energy represents 8% of everything we do in our lives. This is a LARGE amount of money…and it translates into some of the most important global supply chains the species needs. The article above talking about Tesla installing such a large amount of battery storage gives us a bit of data to create perspective – 116MWh of storage versus the US electricity needs (not energy, just electricity) of 4,686,400,000 MWh/year. The US uses about 8,900 MWh/SECOND. We’d need 76 of Tesla’s 2016 installations to meet ONE SECOND of US electricity usage.

We’ve got a long, uphill battle in front of us.

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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