HERE COMES THE SUN
RAMEZ NAAM
rameznaam.com
@ramez
mez@morethanhuman.org

@ramez

RAMEZ NAAM
More Information: The Infinite Resource
Congrats!
300

Colorado Installed Solar Capacity (MW) 300 MW

250

MW

200

150

100

50

14 MW
0
2007

2008

2009
Cumulatitive Capa...
Produced 1.3 Million MWh of Clean Electricity
Saved 300 Million Gallons of Water
Prevented ~1 Million Tons of CO2 Release
Almost 11,000 Direct & Indirect Jobs

$1.4 Billion
Economic Benefits
Congrats!
Challenges
Uncertain Incentives
Cost Squeeze
Consolidation?
Challenges
For The World
Temperature Change since 1880 (degrees F)

Linfield College
GlobalWarmingArt.com
GlobalWarmingArt.com
GlobalWarmingArt.com
Optimism
AN AMAZING ENERGY SOURCE
10,000 x
10 Seconds of Sunlight
= 1 Day of Humanity’s Energy Use
1 Hour of Sunlight
= 1 Year of Humanity’s Energy Use
0.3% of Earth’s Land Area Could
Power Humanity in 2030.
AN AMAZING LOCATION
Solar Thermal
A BRIGHT FUTURE
WITH IMPROVING COSTS
PV Module Cost / Watt

Michael Dawes
…Whole System Level Cost
And Rooftop Cost is Dropping
SQUEEZE PRICES AND STILL PROFIT
TAILWIND
CONSENSUS IS BUILDING
WHICH COMPANIES?
HOW MUCH?
$40 / ton
$40 / ton
$46 / ton
$60 / ton
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
an additional

$0.06 / kwh
for CO’s electricity mix
an additional

$0.45 / therm
for natural gas heating
David Suzuki
Huge Opportunity
HERE COMES THE SUN
RAMEZ NAAM
rameznaam.com
@ramez
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk
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Colorado has a bright future in solar ahead, on top of amazing progress already made. Challenges exist - they can and will be overcome.

Ramez Naam's luncheon talk from the COSEIA 2014 conference.

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  • Image source: Linfield College. http://www.linfield.edu/
  • Bear GlacierSource: Globalwarmingart.com
  • Pederson GlacierGlobalwarming art
  • Pederson GlacierSource: globalwarmingart.com
  • http://solarenergyfactsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/solar-energy-to-power-world.jpg
  • Solar jobs growing at 10x the national rate. About 20% job growth annually vs. 2% for all jobs.Two thirds of those new jobs are for installers.
  • Tom Morrissey, a former Republican Party chairman in Arizona, said he considered domestically produced energy a national security issue.
  • http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/science/climate-solutions/carbon-tax-or-cap-and-trade/The point is to tip the scales. If green energy is cheaper than fossil fuels, people will switch. That funds R&D in clean energy, which helps reduce the price further.
  • Here Comes the Sun: Colorado's Bright Solar Future - COSEIA 2014 Talk

    1. 1. HERE COMES THE SUN RAMEZ NAAM rameznaam.com @ramez
    2. 2. mez@morethanhuman.org @ramez RAMEZ NAAM More Information: The Infinite Resource
    3. 3. Congrats!
    4. 4. 300 Colorado Installed Solar Capacity (MW) 300 MW 250 MW 200 150 100 50 14 MW 0 2007 2008 2009 Cumulatitive Capacity 2010 Installed 2011 2012
    5. 5. Produced 1.3 Million MWh of Clean Electricity
    6. 6. Saved 300 Million Gallons of Water
    7. 7. Prevented ~1 Million Tons of CO2 Release
    8. 8. Almost 11,000 Direct & Indirect Jobs $1.4 Billion Economic Benefits
    9. 9. Congrats!
    10. 10. Challenges
    11. 11. Uncertain Incentives
    12. 12. Cost Squeeze
    13. 13. Consolidation?
    14. 14. Challenges For The World
    15. 15. Temperature Change since 1880 (degrees F) Linfield College
    16. 16. GlobalWarmingArt.com
    17. 17. GlobalWarmingArt.com
    18. 18. GlobalWarmingArt.com
    19. 19. Optimism
    20. 20. AN AMAZING ENERGY SOURCE
    21. 21. 10,000 x
    22. 22. 10 Seconds of Sunlight
    23. 23. = 1 Day of Humanity’s Energy Use
    24. 24. 1 Hour of Sunlight
    25. 25. = 1 Year of Humanity’s Energy Use
    26. 26. 0.3% of Earth’s Land Area Could Power Humanity in 2030.
    27. 27. AN AMAZING LOCATION
    28. 28. Solar Thermal
    29. 29. A BRIGHT FUTURE
    30. 30. WITH IMPROVING COSTS
    31. 31. PV Module Cost / Watt Michael Dawes
    32. 32. …Whole System Level Cost
    33. 33. And Rooftop Cost is Dropping
    34. 34. SQUEEZE PRICES AND STILL PROFIT
    35. 35. TAILWIND
    36. 36. CONSENSUS IS BUILDING
    37. 37. WHICH COMPANIES?
    38. 38. HOW MUCH?
    39. 39. $40 / ton
    40. 40. $40 / ton
    41. 41. $46 / ton
    42. 42. $60 / ton
    43. 43. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
    44. 44. an additional $0.06 / kwh for CO’s electricity mix
    45. 45. an additional $0.45 / therm for natural gas heating
    46. 46. David Suzuki
    47. 47. Huge Opportunity
    48. 48. HERE COMES THE SUN RAMEZ NAAM rameznaam.com @ramez

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