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The Economist Debate: Can Solar Energy Save The World?

The Economist

This motion depends on whether the world needs saving, and if so, from what? The question of the future role of solar energy is rich with possibility. It should be a fascinating debate.

Defending the motion

Richard M Swanson – Founder, SunPower Corporation
Photovoltaics prices have declined 50% in the past five years, and plans are in place for another 50% decrease. When achieved, photovoltaics will be among the lowest cost options for generating electric energy.
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Against the motion

Benny Peiser- Director, Global Warming Policy Foundation
Despite more than 30 years of research, development and deployment, solar energy has been unable to solve the inherent and obdurate problems that make this technology uneconomic for the foreseeable future.
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