Solar Electricity = 25% of Global Electricity by 2050


Solar power could provide up to 25% of global electricity by 2050 if governments get deployment incentives right, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The prediction is based on two new analyses of photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP), which the IEA says can be deployed in complementary ways.

PV will be used for on-grid distributed generation in many regions, while CSP will be more suited to utility-scale dispatchable electricity in regions with the brightest sun and clearest skies.

By 2050, the two technologies could be generating 9000 TWh [Terawatt hours] of electricity, with each contributing about 11% or more to global electricity demand.

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