Solar Generation – Solar Electricity for One Billion People and Two Million Jobs by 2020

Abstract The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and Greenpeace publish this third edition of Solar Generation to update our understanding of the contribution that solar power can make to the world’s energy supply. The report is a practical blueprint to show that solar power is capable of supplying electricity to more than one billion people within two decades, even if our overall electricity use doubles in that time. Solar Generation aims to define the role that solar electricity will play in the lives of a population born today and growing up into an important energy saving and consumption group. The aim has been to examine how solar electricity will be perceived from both the consumer and the business point of view within the timescale of one single generation. The report highlights the benefits which solar energy offers to the world – for the climate and environment, for social development, for economy and supply as well as for industry and employment.
Author Greenpeace and European Photovoltaic Industry Association, September 2006
6 Renewable Energy, 6.3 Solar Energy, 6.3.1 Solar PV Status Reports and Recommendations