Power Technology lists five of the top tweets on solar power in Q1 2021 based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform.

The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

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Top tweets on solar in Q1 2021

1. Assaad Razzouk’s tweet on Vietnam boosting solar capacity

Assaad Razzouk, group CEO at Sindicatum Renewable Energy, a clean energy projects operator, shared a video on how Vietnam became the biggest solar generator in Southeast Asia from barely being able to produce solar power in 2018. The country installed solar power equal to six coal power plants in 2020 boosting its solar capacity by 25,000% including a record 6.71GW of rooftop solar in just one month, which is equal to two-thirds of France’s total installed solar.

Homes and businesses installed nearly 100,000 rooftop systems across the country, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial analysis. Vietnam also built its largest solar farm in five months that provides one billion kWh of electricity every year, the video detailed. The country’s solar capacity is now 16.5GW surpassing its 2025 target of 12.5GW.

Username: Assaad Razzouk

Twitter handle: @AssaadRazzouk

Retweets: 230

Likes: 332

2. Mike Hudema’s tweet on Canada transforming coal plant into a solar farm

Mike Hudema, a climate campaigner with Greenpeace Canada, an NGO, shared a video on Canada’s largest coal plant being turned into a solar farm. The coal plant was one of the largest sources of air pollutions in North America and has now been demolished to install 200,000 solar panels.

The Canadian state of Ontario became coal free in 2014, which amounted to taking seven million cars off the roads, the video highlighted. The move helped the country achieve zero smog days in 2015 from 53 smog days in 2005.

Username: Mike Hudema

Twitter handle: @MikeHudema

Retweets: 139

Likes: 313

3. Mark Jacobson’s tweet on Hawaiian island of Kaua’i planning to increase its renewables capacity

Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, shared an article on solar and pumped hydro project increasing the renewable energy capacity of the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i from 55% up to 80%.

The project will allow Kaua’i to become 100% renewable for prolonged periods without sunlight. For example, the West Kaua’i Energy Project (WKEP) will be able to generate 35MW of electricity through solar photovoltaic (PV) and 24MW from pumped hydro storage, the article detailed.

Username: Mark Z. Jacobson

Twitter handle: @mzjacobson

Retweets: 54

Likes: 122

4. Dr Thomas Hillig’s tweet on decentral electricity being generated with renewables

Dr Thomas Hillig, founder of THEnergyNet, an energy consulting firm, shared an article on decentral electricity being generated with solar and wind at the Lanzarote Retreats’ Finca de Arrieta Eco Retreat. The retreat uses renewables to power the entire area and also provides power for hybrid cars as part of extras packages for customers.

The article further revealed that the retreat, which comprises of villas and cottages, are completely energy-autarkic or self-sufficient, although the local power grid runs over the entire property.

Username: Dr Thomas Hillig

Twitter handle: @THEnergyNet

Retweets: 33

Likes: 102

5. Tyler Norris’ tweet on solar-native vegetation management practices in the midwestern US

Tyler Norris, senior director at the Cypress Creek Renewables, a renewables and environment firm, shared a study by national lab researchers of 30 solar projects in the midwestern US that investigated the potential response of four ecosystems including carbon storage, pollinator, sediment retention, and water retention to native grassland habitat restoration.

The study found that solar-native grassland habitat produced a three-fold increase in pollinator supply and a 65% increase in carbon storage potential. Researchers also found an increase in sediment and water retention of over 95% and 19%, compared to pre-solar agricultural land uses.

Username: Tyler Norris

Twitter handle: @tylerhnorris

Retweets: 50

Likes: 87