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Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk

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Published on February 26, 2014

Author: ramezn

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Colorado has a bright future in solar ahead, on top of amazing progress already made. Challenges exist - they can and will be overcome.

Ramez Naam's luncheon talk from the COSEIA 2014 conference.
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HERE COMES THE SUN RAMEZ NAAM rameznaam.com @ramez

mez@morethanhuman.org @ramez RAMEZ NAAM More Information: The Infinite Resource

Congrats!

300 Colorado Installed Solar Capacity (MW) 300 MW 250 MW 200 150 100 50 14 MW 0 2007 2008 2009 Cumulatitive Capacity 2010 Installed 2011 2012

Produced 1.3 Million MWh of Clean Electricity

Saved 300 Million Gallons of Water

Prevented ~1 Million Tons of CO2 Release

Almost 11,000 Direct & Indirect Jobs $1.4 Billion Economic Benefits

Congrats!

Challenges

Uncertain Incentives

Cost Squeeze

Consolidation?

Challenges For The World

Temperature Change since 1880 (degrees F) Linfield College

GlobalWarmingArt.com

GlobalWarmingArt.com

GlobalWarmingArt.com

Optimism

AN AMAZING ENERGY SOURCE

10,000 x

10 Seconds of Sunlight

= 1 Day of Humanity’s Energy Use

1 Hour of Sunlight

= 1 Year of Humanity’s Energy Use

0.3% of Earth’s Land Area Could Power Humanity in 2030.

AN AMAZING LOCATION

Solar Thermal

A BRIGHT FUTURE

WITH IMPROVING COSTS

PV Module Cost / Watt Michael Dawes

…Whole System Level Cost

And Rooftop Cost is Dropping

SQUEEZE PRICES AND STILL PROFIT

TAILWIND

CONSENSUS IS BUILDING

WHICH COMPANIES?

HOW MUCH?

$40 / ton

$40 / ton

$46 / ton

$60 / ton

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

an additional $0.06 / kwh for CO’s electricity mix

an additional $0.45 / therm for natural gas heating

David Suzuki

Huge Opportunity

HERE COMES THE SUN RAMEZ NAAM rameznaam.com @ramez

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