Solar photovoltaics business

08/07/2000
Here are some comments on the article in OGJ, July 10, 2000, p. 80, "The solar photovoltaics business: Has its time arrived?"Fig. 4 "Global Energy Mix Outlook," shows renewable energy contributing 4 or 5% to global energy supplies during the 1990s. OGJ's 1989 Energy Statistics Sourcebook (pp. 394-96), however, shows that the "renewables" category contributed about 2%. Renewable energy, at this time, is the exclusive domain of hydroelectric generation. The combined output from all other renewable: solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass, has been negligible and has not been shown in energy statistics.Using OGJ's statistics for 1987: converting hydroelectric production to btus and divi...
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