Speeding the Energy Transition
Dec. 21, 2021

Americans want Solar in 2022 I Clean Power News

Americans want Solar in 2022 I Clean Power News

#65: Welcome to the Clean Power Hour Holiday special!

We cover a TON of big clean energy news in today's episode.

- Solar could triple by 2023 to 60 GW per year!
- Voters want America-first clean energy and climate solutions - conservative poll shows
- Build Back Better funding includes the largest level of clean energy R&D in history 
- Small modular nuclear is good for Mars colonization…solar is good for Earth
- Installation and cleaning robots - solar clean-O
- Solar panel pricing has peaked hopefully
- Retrofitting diesel school buses with EV drive trains (see Ally Power hydrogen episode 64)
-Erthos flat solar racking and BCI has a new racking product that you’ll want to see
-Rounding out the show…John and Tim give a glimpse into why they got into solar and the energy transition (John visited China - boom!). HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Three vastly divergent solar deployment projections by John Weaver
https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2021/12/06/three-vastly-divergent-solar-deployment-projections/
IEA predicts flat growth, S&P Global predicts we triple by 2023 to 60 GW/yr of installed solar which is where we need to be headed.

Conservative Energy Network Poll Shows Voters Want America-First Clean Energy and Climate Solutions. From a conservative poll - “91% of respondents support America increasing its domestic supply chain to ensure components important to clean energy development are made in America.”
https://files.ctctusercontent.com/cd6385aa501/2e02760e-c7c2-4baa-a343-03f397aca1af.pdf?rdr=true

Build Back Better/Infrastructure funding includes the largest level of clean energy R&D in history of US, even accounting for inflation back to the later 1970s under President Carter
https://twitter.com/CostaSamaras/status/1468760391505297415

Solar panel cleaning robots for a commercial roof, and of key importance - check out the neat platform to get the unit on the roof:
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kim-verduyckt_zonnepanelen-zonnepanelenreinigen-zonneenergie-activity-6874075559362662400-yWbO/

A robot to install utility scale solar panels - we truly will need this to avoid climate chaos
https://twitter.com/SolarInMASS/status/1468570367614767105

Panel supply chain pricing officially falling more broadly, after wafers fell for two weeks first - this is the spot market of course
https://twitter.com/PvInfolink/status/1468546378574200837

Retrofitting school buses with EV drive trains and batteries
First - 10,000 units coming
Second- here is the kit for the retrofit
SEA-Drive ® Power-Systems – SEA... the Future

Real pictures of a solar panel system - by Erthos - installed flat on the ground:
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6873622803191603200/

BCI Engineering doing their own racking system - lays flat to install then tilts up to whatever angle you engineer. 
https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2021/11/a-contract-manufacturer-goes-first-party-after-years-of-producing-solar-racking-for-others/ 

Two pictures from the John’s trip to China in the 1980’s:
Wind turbines - https://photos.app.goo.gl/YSsN4xK8L3qTzRBd7
Solar panel on a Yurt = https://photos.app.goo.gl/YSsN4xK8L3qTzRBd7