Top ten most popular solar tweets in November 2019, revealed by GlobalData

From a bike lane covered by solar panels to the largest solar plant in the US, leading data and analytics company GlobalData lists ten of the most popular solar tweets in November 2019, based on data from the company’s Influencer Platform.

1. Mike Hudema’s tweet on a bike lane covered by solar panels

Mike Hudema, a Canadian climate activist, tweeted a video of a dedicated bike lane developed in South Korea. The bike lane is covered by solar panels sheltering the bike riders from sunlight, as well as supporting clean energy generation.

On 15th November 2019, @MikeHudema tweeted: “Wow. In South Korea, built this bike lane covered by #solar panels. Cyclists are isolated from traffic, protected from the sun, and produces #cleanenergy at the same time! We have the solutions, implement them. #ActOnClimate#Climate #energy #solutions #cdnpoli #GreenNewDeal,” which collected 1,887 likes and 925 retweets.

2. Mike Hudema’s tweet on India’s investments in solar power

Another video from the World Economic Forum shared by Mike Hudema also generated high interest among Twitter readers. The video notes that India, the third-largest producer of greenhouse gases globally, has witnessed steep surge in investments in the renewable sector.

On 20th November 2019, @MikeHudema tweeted: “For the first time ever India is investing more in #solar than in coal. Let’s speed it up. We have solutions to the #climate crisis. Let’s implement them. Time for a #GreenNewDeal.#ActOnClimate #climate #energy #go100re #PanelsNotPipelines,” which gained 1,000 likes and 454 retweets.

3. Assaad Razzouk’s tweet on Vietnam’s growing renewable energy capacity

Assaad Razzouk, CEO of Sindicatum Renewable Energy, tweeted about the increase in Vietnam’s renewable energy capacity over the years. Vietnam’s installed solar and wind energy capacity increased from 165 megawatt (MW) in 2016 to 343MW in 2018 and then shot up by 16 times to 5,500MW in 2019.

On 19th November 2019, @AssaadRazzouk tweeted: “The jump is due to a combination of factors: Favourable policy measures coupled with spectacular drops in the costs of solar and wind. The jump would have been even higher without $600m of annual fossil-fuel consumption subsidies,” which saw 205 likes and 114 retweets.

4. Mark Z. Jacobson’s tweet on solar power and big batteries

Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor at Stanford University, shared an article on how solar power and big batteries threaten natural gas’s future. The article highlights that with decreasing usage of coal in electricity generation; natural gas plants, solar energy and batteries remain the major competitors.

On 1st November 2019, @mzjacobson tweeted: “Solar power and big batteries pose threat to natural gas’s future “In the Texas electricity market…almost all new generation under construction is either wind or solar. Many of the new solar facilities will eventually include batteries “ … @cltomlinson”, which attracted 410 likes and 228 retweets.

5. Dr Thomas Hillig’s tweet on a floating solar farm in China

Dr Thomas Hillig, the founder of energy consultant firm THEnergy, tweeted a video of floating solar farm in the Huainan City of China. The 40MW floating farm features 165,000 solar panels.

On 6th November 2019 @THEnergyNet tweeted: “#Floating #solar has become huge!#EUW19 #PGE19 #Renewables #ClimateChange,” which collected 338 likes 175 retweets.

6. Simon Evans’ tweet on IEA World Energy Outlook

Simon Evans, the deputy editor of UK-based website Carbon Brief, tweeted an article on the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2019, which highlighted the revised outlook shared by the IEA that showed an increase in global solar capacity.

On 13th November 2019, @DrSimEvans tweeted: “Yet again, the IEA World Energy Outlook has revised its solar capacity growth figures upwards. As ever, it mainly puts this down to improved policy conditions rather than overestimated costs. …,” which saw 85 likes and 52 retweets.

7. Assaad Razzouk on Heliogen’s concentrated solar power technology

Assaad Razzouk tweeted a news report detailing a solar technology developed by California-based start-up, Heliogen. The news report stated that the company has developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology that generates concentrated solar thermal energy of up to 1,000°C, significantly breaching the previous 300°C mark.

On 24th November 2019, @AssaadRazzouk tweeted: “Tech start-up #Heliogen created AI-powered Concentrated Solar Power that reaches 1000’C, far exceeding previous 300’C mark CSP is now powerful enough to be used in steel, cement and other industry We have the solutions for the #ClimateEmergency  #climate,” which gained 115 likes and 84 retweets.

8. Arik Ring on eco-friendly solar lighting

Arik Ring, a consultant and clean energy enthusiast, shared a video on eco-friendly lighting called Solatube powered by solar energy. The solution features a rooftop dome, which procures sunlight and transmits it to interior spaces of a building through tubes made of reflective material.

On 10th November 2019, @arikring tweeted: The Best #Light?#Natural #Solar Light #Sustainable & #Energy Efficient #ZeroCarbon = Great Light!@solarimpulse#RenewableEnergy #CleanEnergy #EnergyTransition #CO2 #ClimateAction #ClimateChange #Climate #PollutionKills #EndCoal @hanslak,” which attracted 50 likes and 38 retweets.

9. Bill McKibben’s tweet on Bangladesh’s push on coal energy despite the country’s solar potential

Author and environmentalist, Bill McKibben, shared a report, criticizing Bangladesh’s plan to move forward with coal power expansion.

On 6th November 2019, @billmckibben tweeted: “Investors pushing huge coal expansion for Bangladesh–which may be the nation most vulnerable to global warming, and where solar has already brought most people power …,” which collected 143 likes and 85 retweets.

10. Mark Z. Jacobson on the upcoming largest solar plant in the US

Mark Z. Jacobson tweeted an article about an upcoming 400MW solar power plant in the US. Construction of the plant was approved by the city of Los Angeles and is being developed on 2,650 acres of land in Kern County.

On 7th November 2019, @mzjacobson tweeted: “Largest #Solar + Battery Storage Plant in US Approved by Los Angeles City Council – 400 MW PV, 1200 MWh of storage – Will power 280,000 homes … @SolarFred @SolarIndustry @SEIA @votesolar @SolarPowerWorld,” which gained 72 likes and 46 retweets.

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