Solar on Track to Meet Fifth of Global Electricity Demand on Summer Solstice

A new report by energy think tank Ember reveals that solar energy is poised to become a major player in the global electricity market. The study predicts that solar power will be capable of generating a significant portion of the world's electricity needs, reaching a peak of 20% at midday during the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. This marks a substantial increase from 16% in 2023, highlighting the rapid growth of solar energy.

Ember's analysis focuses on the solstice, the longest day of the year, when the Northern Hemisphere receives the most sunlight. However, the findings point to a broader trend of solar's increasing role in global energy production. Over the course of June 2024, Ember expects solar to contribute an average of 8. 2% of global electricity generation. This represents a significant jump from 6. 7% in June 2023.

The report also examines variations in solar energy use across different regions. China, the world's leading solar market, is expected to see solar's share of total electricity generation reach 9. 6% in June. In the European Union, solar is forecast to account for 20% of electricity generation during the month, while the United States and India are expected to see shares of 6. 9% and 7. 1% respectively.

Kostantsa Rangelova, an electricity analyst at Ember, emphasizes the significance of this growth. "At a 20% share, solar is now a serious global electricity source, " she states. Rangelova credits advancements in battery technology as a key factor behind solar's increasing contribution. The declining cost of battery storage allows for solar energy to be used even during evening hours, when sunlight is unavailable.

The growth of solar power is a positive development in the fight against climate change. Solar energy is a clean and renewable resource that does not produce greenhouse gas emissions. As solar's contribution to the global energy mix continues to rise, it will help to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and curb carbon emissions.

The findings from Ember's report underscore the potential of solar energy to play a critical role in the world's future energy landscape. With its increasing efficiency and affordability, solar power is well-positioned to become a dominant source of clean electricity for years to come.

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