Renewable energy the top tweeted term in solar for November 2019

Ranging from renewable energy to rooftop solar, leading data and analytics company GlobalData lists the top five terms tweeted in solar in November 2019, based on data from the company’s Influencer Platform.

1. Renewable energy – 200 mentions

The growing share of renewable energy in electricity generation and renewable energy projects being implemented across the world were among the most trending topics discussed on Twitter during November. Iceland, Paraguay, Norway, and Costa Rica source the majority of their electricity from renewable sources, according to a video shared by Mike Hudema, a climate campaigner and activist.

On 5th November 2019, @MikeHudema tweeted: “#Nigeria is investing $20 billion in #renewables. They are building 10,000 #solar mini-grids to bring power to homes, schools, and hospitals. We have solutions to the #climate crisis, time to implement them. #ActOnClimate #climate #energy #cdnpoli #bcpoli”, which collected 387 likes and 205 retweets.

2. Photovoltaic (PV) – 80 mentions

PV modules, their projected growth and decrease in cost, as well as PV capacity factor were some of the top topics discussed in November. The capacity of distributed PV is projected to grow to more than 600 gigawatts (GW) by 2024, according to the International Energy Agency, as shared by Dr Thomas Hillig, founder of the energy consultancy, THEnergy.

On 4th November 2019, @THEnergyNet tweeted: “#Renewables: Distributed PV could reach a capacity of more than 600GW by 2024! Yet this growth is still only 6% of distributed PV’s technical potential. #solarpower #ClimateChange via @IEA”, which saw 47 likes and 19 retweets.

Growth in PV is also attributed to the reduction in the price of PV modules and improvement in capacity factors. A graph shared by Brian Bartholomew, power analyst at BloombergNEF, shows that PV capacity factors averaged at more than 80% during August in the regions served by Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

3. Storage – 71 mentions

Solar power projects integrated with storage facilities were widely discussed across Twitter. The Andasol solar power station in Spain is a solar plus storage project shared by Arik Ring, a power generation and energy systems consultant.

On 30th October 2016, @arikring tweeted: “Great! Integration=Key @TeslaMotors @elonmusk Integrating #Solar #Energy Roof + #Storage Possibly +#EVhttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2016/oct/29/elon-musk-unveils-new-tesla-solar-roof-tiles-video …#Climate,” which attracted 87 likes and 76 retweets.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles City Council approved a 400 megawatt (MW) solar PV plant planned to be developed in the Mojave Desert. The plant, known as Eland solar and storage facility, will include 1,200MWh of storage capacity and will be capable of supplying power to 280,000 homes in Los Angeles.

4. Sustainability – 51 mentions

Sustainable living through renewable sources such as solar and wind was widely discussed during the month. Mark Z. Jacobson shared an article detailing how the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station in East Antarctica is operating completely on solar and wind energy.

On 11th November 2019, @mzjacobson tweeted: “For those who doubt 100% #WindWaterSolar is possible, here is proof it works in world’s harshest climate Antarctic station runs only on solar, wind electricity+insulation Antarctica’s 1st 0-emis research station shows sustainable living possible anywherehttps://phys.org/news/2019-11-antarctica-zero-emission-station-sustainable.html …”, which gained 766 likes and 443 retweets.

Mike Hudema also tweeted about another sustainable project implemented using solar panels at the Copenhagen International School in Denmark, which boasts of featuring one of the largest solar panel facades in the world that is installed with 12,000 solar glass panels.

5. Rooftop solar – 48 mentions

Plans for installation of rooftop solar systems were among the trending topics discussed during the month. The state of California announced in 2018 that all new homes would need to be installed with rooftop solar systems. It also gave an option to builders to supply power from an off-site community solar facility.

On 12th November 2019, @Scott_Wiener tweeted: “People often ask me why California isn’t doing more to expand rooftop solar/storage, given the blackouts. This is why. The utilities – usually investor-owned but, sadly, sometimes public utilities – work hard to undermine decentralized energy generation,” which collected 115 likes and 32 retweets.

The City of New York announced new laws requiring all new buildings to be installed with green roof and solar PV systems, according to an article shared by the City of New York. The new requirements are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving a carbon-neutral city by 2050.

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