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Drawdown Ecochallenge: Rooftop Solar

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Maren Schermer

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According to Project Drawdown, "In grid-connected areas, rooftop panels can put electricity production in the hands of households. In rural parts of low-income countries, they can leapfrog the need for large-scale, centralized power grids, and accelerate access to affordable, clean electricity—becoming a powerful tool for eliminating poverty."  Rooftop solar is ranked as the tenth best solution for reversing climate change and as the cost of panels fall, it is becoming a viable option for millions.

The stories in this collection (see below) show how solar panels are a reliable, affordable, and clean way to skip fossil fuels altogether. Start-up companies are bringing solar panels to rural areas in Bangladesh and Africa, bringing energy for the first time and requiring no energy grid. Solar panels are likewise a key source of energy in the development of an innovative new Florida city planned to run completely on renewable energy. Even in grid-connected cities, solar panels can facilitate the transition from fossil-fuels to clean energy. Rooftop solar has been an integral part of Germany's becoming a world leader in renewable energy. By putting the power of energy into the hands of the people, rooftop solar panels are sure to lead the clean energy revolution.

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Stories In This Collection (4)

Africa's quiet solar revolution

Africa's quiet solar revolution
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In Rural Bangladesh, Solar Power Dents Poverty

In Rural Bangladesh, Solar Power Dents Poverty
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Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Ut...
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Welcome to Babcock Ranch, Florida's New Solar Suburb

Welcome to Babcock Ranch, Florida's New Solar S...
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