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This Just Became the World's Cheapest Form of Electricity Out of Nowhere
And there's one country that can claim a huge share of the credit.

And there’s one country that can claim a huge share of the credit for it.

Solar power is becoming the world’s cheapest form of new electricity generation, data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests.

According to Bloomberg’s analysis, the cost of solar power in China, India, Brazil and 55 other emerging market economies has dropped to about one third of its price in 2010. This means solar now pips wind as the cheapest form of renewable energy—but is also outperforming coal and gas.

In a note to clients this week, BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich said that solar power had entered “the era of undercutting” fossil fuels.

Bloomberg reports that 2016 has seen remarkable falls in the price of electricity from solar sources, citing a $64 per megawatt-hour contract in India at the tart of the year, and a $29.10 per megawatt-hour deal struck in Chile in August—about 50% the price of electricity produced from coal.

Ethan Zindler, head of U.S. policy analysis at BNEF, attributed much of the downward pressure to China’s massive deployment of solar, and the assistance it had provided to other countries financing their own solar projects.

“Solar investment has gone from nothing—literally nothing—like five years ago to quite a lot,” Zindler said.

When the numbers come in at the end of 2016 the generating capacity of newly installed solar photovoltaics is expected to exceed that of wind for the first time: at 70 gigawatts and 59 gigawatts respectively, according to BNEF projections.

Printable solar cells just got a little closer

A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.

“Economies of scale have greatly reduced the cost of silicon manufacturing,” said Professor Ted Sargent, an expert in emerging solar technologies and the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology. “Perovskite solar cells can enable us to use techniques already established in the printing industry to produce solar cells at very low cost. Potentially, perovskites and silicon cells can be married to improve efficiency further, but only with advances in low-temperature processes.”

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Maksdaya- M: I’m Pretty sure I am the only one between me and my bro who’s actually thought of you as a little sister the entire time. I’m surprised he’s risking it, you are so young. Z: ….Maks you dated Kate Upton. M: Ok dated is loose term and.. shut up keep my baby bro happy. I love you. 

Zalex- A: You make my bro happy. I’m happy. You are Happy. I love you so much for making the russian army happy. Z: I love you too Alex, you are such a great big brother too. A: If Val ever fucks up I’ll kick his ass. Z: Noted. A: Also I’d steal you away and make ginger mocha swirled babies with you. Z: Oh my goodness

Ruedaya: R: You are so pretty! Z: No you’re so pretty! R: Your body tho! Z: Your body tho! R: I would totally be your gf! Z: ME TOO. *continues on for 1000 yrs)

Petadaya: P: I can’t wait until we are actually sisters in law. Z: Same, but I’ve got a few more years. :( Val can’t wait to be an uncle tho. P: Neither can Maks….. Z…. does Noon count?

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Filtering gallons and gallons of ocean water for people in need sounds like fool-proof kindness, so what’s the hold up? Let’s give drinkable water to the world! Unfortunately, traditional methods of desalination, the process of removing toxins, come at a high financial cost. But solar energy could be the answer that breaks open the clean water floodgates.  New solar generator prototypes from IBM Research and Airlight Energy are in the works to convert sunlight into heat that can boil ocean water to pass through desalination filters, resulting in pure, drinkable water. That omniscient sun who watches 2.5 billion people without access to proper sanitation is like, finally it’s about time they put me to work.