The Global Solar Council (GSC) has warned that if humankind wishes to limit the increase of global temperature to under 2oC, “it is imperative to strongly accelerate the deployment of solar power”.
The warning was issued at this year’s Solar Power International event, with solar leaders saying that “a 10% share of global power generation by 2030 is certainly possible given the right market conditions.”
The Board of the GSC highlighted the increasing contribution of solar power to sustainable development, especially as a strategic tool to fight climate change, with a hugely important role to play in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector.
The GSC represents regional and national solar associations, sharing best practices and accelerating global market developments.
The organisation says solar power is already one of the cheapest forms of electricity globally and prices continue to decline fast, with solar electricity costing 80% less today than in 2009 and provides a cost-effective means of fighting climate change.
It is also the most versatile form of electricity generation and can be deployed anywhere in the world for people of developing and developed countries alike. It has great potential for poverty alleviation and rural electrification. Solar also has the highest share of popular support of any electricity technology.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will publish its special report on 1.5°C of global warming on Monday 8th October 2018.
Hundreds of scientists around the world have contributed to the report following the Paris Agreement. This saw countries around the world agree to keep “global temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C.”