"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." Project Drawdown
Solar panels are a reliable, affordable and clean way to skip fossil fuels altogether in city development. 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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