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Drawdown Ecochallenge: Solar Farms

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Maren Schermer

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Solar farms provide an unlimited and clean source of energy, that in many countries is now cheaper than coal power. They can also be implemented in a variety of climates and is projected to have a net operational savings of 5 trillion dollars by 2050 as countries and companies transition away from fossil fuels for energy. Project Drawdown ranks solar farms as the 8th best solution to reducing carbon emissions and reversing climate change.

The following stories (see below) provide examples of implemented solar farms, including in Chile where the price of solar has fallen below that of conventional energy sources as they harness the incredible solar power of the Atacama Desert. Large-scale solar projects are increasingly being built around the US too, the most expansive project yet was built in snowy Minnesota. Apple, paving the way for businesses, operates on 100% clean energy by integrating solar farms into their data centers. As solar energy becomes cheaper and more widespread, it will lead the way in a shift to renewable energies.

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Stories In This Collection (4)

Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy, And Here's How It Got There

Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy, And Here's...
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Massive new solar plot marks big changes in rural Minnesota

Massive new solar plot marks big changes in rur...
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Northern Lights: Large-Scale Solar Power Is Spreading Across the U.S.

Northern Lights: Large-Scale Solar Power Is Spr...
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While Trump promotes coal, other countries are turning to cheap sun power

While Trump promotes coal, other countries are ...
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