The solar opportunity
Solar radiation is arguably the most plentiful source of energy available on our planet. Solar electric power generation is clean, renewable, flexible, scalable and can be deployed relatively quickly to help meet increasing demand.
Compared with other renewable sources of energy, solar PV is quick to deploy. A utility-scale solar PV plant may take 1.5 years to develop as compared with an average of two years for onshore wind and up to seven years for a geothermal power plant, according to IHS Emerging Energy Research.
However, solar energy is not without challenges.