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The rise of solar and batteries is upending our renewable future

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By illuminem briefings 🌎

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🗞️ Driving the news: Solar power and electric vehicles are exceeding even the most bullish forecasts, highlighting rapid advancements in these clean energy sectors
• However, other renewable technologies, notably wind power, face challenges in keeping pace

🔭 The context: With falling costs boosting solar and EV sectors, wind power struggles with regulatory hurdles and slow growth
• Its significance in a complete energy transition is evident, yet last week's UK auction for offshore wind farms, a major market for the technology, received no bids

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Diversifying renewable sources is vital for consistent energy supply and to effectively combat climate change
• Solar and wind have complementary energy generation patterns, ensuring a more reliable clean energy grid

⏭️ What's next: Addressing regulatory hurdles, while encouraging technological and manufacturing advancements, will be crucial

💬 One quote: "Wind tends to blow hardest in the winter and the evening when solar is weak or non-existent. New offshore wind projects produce power about 50% of the time, which helps balance the grid." (David Fickling, Bloomberg opinion columnist) 

📈 One stat: BloombergNEF predicts solar installations could potentially reach 563 GW by 2025, putting the industry on a trajectory toward achieving global net-zero emissions by 2050

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