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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.

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U.S. Sets Duties on Solar-Energy Gear From China, Taiwan

The U.S. Commerce Department proposed expanded penalties on some Chinese solar-energy imports in a victory for the U.S. unit of SolarWorld AG (SWVK) , which accused China of shifting production to Taiwan after it lost an earlier case. (full story)

Coalition brings solar energy co-ops to Baltimore area

Meeting held in Towson to discuss residential model for homeowners Amanda Kilian finds the idea of installing solar panels on the roof of her house intriguing. She likes the notion of saving money on her electricity bill. She appreciates using a renewable energy source like the sun. But, she wants to find out more. (full story)

Solar project's big savings never materialized

The state's largest municipal solar energy project at the old Hillsborough County Courthouse promised savings of 40 percent, when the project was unveiled four years ago. (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