Stay current: the week’s best solar links


We’ve rounded up our top reads of the week about solar and the future of the energy — so you can stay current.

-New statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration suggest that solar will add more electricity-generating capacity in 2016 than any other energy source. The data involve only large or utility-scale solar, but add to that expected growth in rooftop solar, and the sector could “truly blow out the competition.” [Washington Post/Chris Mooney]

-Utility professionals continue to see the U.S. power mix as undergoing a profound shift, according to new survey. What do most predict as winners in this future mix? Natural gas, utility-scale renewables, and distributed generation. [Utility Dive/Herman Trabish]

-A record $367 billion was invested in renewable energy around the globe in 2015, according to a new report out of Canada. The top destinations for these dollars – collectively registering a 7 percent increase over 2014 – were China, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and India. [Energydesk-Greenpeace/Georgie Johnson]

-It’s common to see solar panels on carports. But how about an array that sits on water? Outside of London, work is nearly complete on what’s expected to be Europe’s largest floating solar farm. [The Guardian/Fiona Harvey]

-MIT researchers have created what they’re calling the thinnest and lightest solar cells ever made. The cells can sit on a soap bubble without popping it, according to the researchers. [Fast Company/Michael Grothaus]

Quote of the Week

Leonardo DiCaprio, in his first-ever Oscar acceptance speech:

“Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It’s the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity… for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed …. Let us not take this planet for granted.” [via Variety/Margaret Lenker]

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