Power Technology lists five of the most popular tweets on solar in Q4 2021 based on data from GlobalData’s Power Influencer Platform.

The top tweets are based on total engagements (likes and retweets) received on tweets from more than 150 solar experts tracked by GlobalData’s Power Influencer platform during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021.

The most popular tweets on solar in Q4 2021: Top five

1. Mike Hudema’s tweet on California installing solar panels on all new homes

Mike Hudema, director of communications at Canopy Planet, an environmental non-profit organisation, shared a video on California taking three innovative steps to secure the environment and planet. The state is building all new homes with solar panels, while ensuring that all public spaces have zero emissions, and is also building massive batteries to provide non-stop renewable energy. The video illustrated that the solar panels installed on the new homes will be equal to removing 115,000 cars off from the road.

California is also implementing zero-emission public spaces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by 19 million tonnes between 2020 and 2050. Furthermore, the state is developing a massive battery storage system that will help store power produced by intermittent solar and wind, while smoothening electricity supply across the state. California is already leading in terms of renewable energy generation with renewable sources contributing to 44% of the state’s power.

Username: Mike Hudema

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Twitter handle: @MikeHudema

Likes: 593

Retweets: 226

2. Assaad Razzouk’s tweet on rooftop solar panels meeting global electricity needs

Assaad Razzouk, CEO of Gurin Energy, a renewable energy company, shared a study on how solar panels on half of the world’s roofs can meet the global electricity needs. Researchers believe that rooftop solar has huge potential to reduce energy scarcity and provide cheap and clean electricity to consumers worldwide. Rooftop solar panels have the potential to decarbonise electricity supply if the costs of solar power dropped further, the study highlighted.

The article further detailed that rooftop solar panels were up to 79% cheaper than they were in 2010, leading to greater adoption by both businesses and households. The new study examined data from more than 300 million buildings and assessed 130 million km² of land across the world to determine how much energy can be produced from the 0.2 million km² of rooftops that are present on that land. The findings revealed that solar energy generation potentials were highest for three regions including Asia, Europe, and North America. Asia appeared to be the most cost-effective region to install solar panels, with both India and China, producing one kWh of electricity or around 48 hours of laptop use for just 0.05p, which was due to lower panel manufacturing costs and more hot and sunny climates.

Username: Assaad Razzouk

Twitter handle: @AssaadRazzouk

Likes: 121

Retweets: 49

3. Mark Z. Jacobson’s tweet on Kentucky’s largest solar power project

Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, shared an article on the renewable energy company Savion constructing a 200MW solar project on a former coal mine located at the borders of Kentucky and Virginia, US. The article detailed that the Martin County Solar Project will be the state’s largest solar installation, covering an area of 1,200 acres on the abandoned Martiki coal mine.

With construction to commence in 2022, the solar project is expected to go online by early 2024 and power more than 33,000 homes. Majority of the workers on the solar project will be former coal miners. The new solar project is expected to bring cleaner, and greener opportunities to the coalfields, according to Adam Edelen, founder and CEO of Edelen Renewables, a partner of the solar project.

Username: Mark Z. Jacobson

Twitter handle: @mzjacobson

Likes: 70

Retweets: 33

4. Katherine Hamilton’s tweet on the prospects of solar installations alongside interstate highways in the US

Katherine Hamilton, co-founder and Chair at 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm focused on clean energy and innovation, shared an article on the Biden administration working on solar installations in open space alongside interstate highways in the US. Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray, a non-profit organisation, believes that the thousands of acres of land installed with solar panels along US interstate highways could provide clean power, charge electric vehicles (EVs), and even raise the income of local communities.

The Ray has been testing an 18-mile-long (28.9km) stretch of Interstate 85 in western Georgia since it was founded in 2014. The organisation’s first project included a 1MW solar array and an EV charging station near the Alabama border. Few other solar projects have been constructed in Oregon and Massachusetts, while Maine and Maryland transport departments are also focusing on solar development, Kelly added.

A study conducted by the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 found that the 200 mile (321.8km) stretch of the major interstate interchanges in the lower 48 states to be suitable for solar installations. The area could help generate 23GW of solar photovoltaic (PV), which is one fourth of the 103GW of distributed solar that the US will need by 2030 to reach its zero carbon emissions goals by 2035. The study also estimated that solar installations along interstate interchanges could generate $4bn annually for state transportation departments that own and maintain the interstate highways, the article noted.

Username: Katherine Hamilton

Twitter handle: @CleanGridView

Likes: 92

Retweets: 22

5. Kelly Pickerel’s tweet on Meyer Burger developing a solar panel manufacturing facility in Arizona

Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief at an online and bi-monthly print publication Solar Power World magazine, shared an article on Swiss solar technology company Meyer Burger developing a 400MW solar panel manufacturing facility in Goodyear, Arizona. The facility is expected to begin production by the end of 2022, and will scale its capacity to 1.5GW of production, the article noted.

The solar company already operates a manufacturing facility in Germany, which recently scaled up production. Goodyear, Arizona was chosen as the location to build the new facility by the company due to its close proximity to customers. The article detailed that the Arizona facility will produce heterojunction technology (HJT) modules for the residential, utility-scale, and commercial markets. The new solar panel manufacturing hub is also expected to provide 250 jobs, which will double to 500 once its capacity reaches 1.5GW, the article highlighted.

Username: Kelly Pickerel

Twitter handle: @SolarKellyP

Likes: 24

Retweets: 7