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    China consumed for example 453.7 GWh in July 2012. At 744 hours in July, that's a rate of about 610GW. Solar is now 7GW. That's about 1.15%; adding 10GW this year will mean 2.8% of China's electricity is generated by solar.

    If you think that one of every 36 watts (or of every 100 watts, or 1000 watts) in China is used to power its new coal plants controls, you should stop posting about energy.

    Yes, China's new coal plants are a bigger investment than its new solar generation. Yes, the coal is counterproductive. But the new solar isn't a trivial amount. According to the plans in this diary, 40GW of solar in 2015 will be something like 7% of China's consumption. That's over 1/3 of the (19.2) share nuclear generates in the US.

    These solar numbers are so impressive, they should be inspiring. Inspiring a "solar race", not some kind of sour grapes that leaves the US trapped in a 20th Century energy infrastructure with 21st Century consequences.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 05:29:13 AM PST

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