The solar energy reaching the Earth is 5000 times the energy we use globally.  Solar can power the whole planet many times over thru solar windows, walls, roofs, roads.  Here are some of the exciting:) green news of the last few weeks:

1.  The Philippines has set 100% renewable energy in 10 years goal ►
2.  Turkey's Feed in Tariff Program for solar greater than 1 MW led to applications totaling 9 GW ►  
3.  Coal India, world's largest coal company, believes the future is renewables and started installing solar panels at their facilities ►
4.  California town of Lancaster requires all new homes to come with installed solar  20% of new homes in California will come with solar panels and most new electricity installed in California will be solar next 6 months.  
5.  Sunswift hopes to develop world's first commercial solar car ►
6.  Germany made progress towards converting solar or wind energy into hydrogen for use at a later time when the wind is not blowing and sun is not shining ►
7.  Conergy is now installing PV systems in Spain that are producing electricity at grid-competitive rates without

For more good news from the last few months, you can read below: 

Figure 6 at ► shows a graph of Shell Oil predicting solar energy will be main source of energy in 2070.  If even Oil companies admit to it, it means it will happen so much sooner.   Solar could reach 90% in 2025 if the world gets serious about eliminating pollution from smog by ending billions of Big Oil-Gas-Coal taxpayer subsidies and supporting solar instead. The Italian solar capacity increased 150 times from 2007 to 2011 ►  The German solar capacity increased 16000 times from 1991 to  Pollution causes 40% of deaths ►, it is therefore a matter of public health to switch to solar energy. We can use solar car paint, walls, roads ► Focus Forward Series: Solar Roadways, roofs, shingles ► solar shingle, windows ► Solar windows see power savings with no transmission lines that add EMF pollution & take space.

In April 2013, Spain generated 54% electricity from In March 2013, Spain generated 52% electricity from
#renewables .  On April 18th 2013 50% electricity came from renewables in Germany ► Soon Germany will subsidize solar storage ► On 05-26-12 Germany produced 50% electricity from Iraq war trillions could have powered all US cleanly ►

Distributed ► rooftop solar eliminates a lot of EMF pollution coming from transmission lines and gives more power to the people instead of Big Utilities.  Solar can hit grid parity in many nations fast, all US in 2018 ► In March 2013 100% of new US capacity was solar ►   In 2013 Portugal reached 70% electricity from and India solar achieved grid parity ► :)  

Electric cars are getting popular. Last 4 months over 2000 Nissan Leafs a month have sold in US alone, making Leaf world's best selling electric car. After rebates, one can buy a Leaf for 18K or lease it for $139/month at some dealers. 2013 Leaf charges in half the time of 2012 Leaf.  It costs 5 times less per mile to drive electric. Ford's hybrid, plug-in electric and battery-electric 2013 US sales were five times their 2012 level.  With solar energy everywhere, electric cars mean clean air for all. In Europe they are testing a bus that can charge in 15 seconds ►

Solar powered electric cars, buses, trains, airplanes (plane ► mean less noise and no smog.  Solar power is now cheaper than oil burning in Saudi Arabia ►, cheaper than grid power in Brazil ► and in part of US ► , cheaper than kerosene for 1.3 billion people (in Africa and many developing nations) ►   In 2013 Japan's solar capacity will increase by 5 GW or 120% ► and China's will increase by 10 GW or 140% ►, fossil fuels are on the way out in EU ►  

Coal can be replaced with solar immediately:) as a public health priority ► The Cost of Coal: Overview.  In China's worst areas, smog makes people live only 4 decades ►  BBC News - China's Grime Belt Air Pollution Extreme.  In 1953, the London smog was so thick one day, 4000 people died.  Coal-fired plants lead to birth defects in China, see the 2 min video ► China Sees Rise in Birth Defects.  In all nations, including USA, people near coal-fired plants often die of cancer at 45 or so, see the 10 min video ► EXPOSED: Koch Industries and Cancer Risk.  Coal pollution leads to cancer, asthma, autism (mercury), etc. Clean coal doesn't exist ► Robert Kennedy Jr.: No clean coal.

Ark Hotel Construction time lapse building 15 storeys in 2 days (48 hrs) shows how tall buildings are built in 2 days.  The surface area of these buildings' exterior is far bigger than that of a solar farm on the building site, sometimes 50 times bigger.  Today's streets, parking lots and buildings' exteriors can power the planet without any solar farm.  There are panels that produce 20 times more energy per square foot, so that means 20 times less area needed ►  More info at  MIT also invented a solar array that can produce up to 20 times more power per surface area ►

The 3 min video Solar Nanoantennas shows how in the future we will be able to convert solar IR rays into electricity at night and during very cloudy days.  :)  

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