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Worldwide energy consumption in 1999 was 377 quadrillion BTUs, which is approximately 92.5 quintillion kWh. Solar energy accounts for less than 0.01% of that amount.

Renewable Energy News

SMASHsolar Receives $1M Award from U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative

SMASHsolarâ„¢, a leading innovator of residential solar energy solutions, today announced it has won a $1,000,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Incubator Program to accelerate development of its proprietary simple, snap-together solar photovoltaic mounting system. (full story)

New Community Solar Program -- SolarPerks(TM) -- Opens Solar Access to All NSTAR and National Grid Ratepayers

Opens Solar Access to All NSTAR and National Grid RatepayersBOSTON, MA-- - Massachusetts' favorable renewable energy landscape has set the stage for broad interest in individual solar energy production. ... (full story)

Solar energy talk generates big crowd at Las Vegas Convention Center

Right now, some of the most influential leaders in solar energy are meeting in Las Vegas for the Solar Power International Convention. (full story)

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Estimated Worldwide energy consumption so far this year
(1 kWh = 3413BTU)

1999 World Production of Primary Energy (Quadrillion (10x15) Btu)
Petroleum 149.70
Natural Gas 87.31
Coal 84.90
Hydroelectric 27.10
Nuclear 25.25
Geothermal, solar, wind, wood waste 2.83
Source: US DOE EIA




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