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The Future of Solar Power

As of the end of 2020, solar power continues to be a relatively small portion of the energy supply of the United States. Just under 3% of the country’s power comes from the sun. Now, before the naysayers dismiss the industry as insignificant, let’s point out the fact that solar was under 1% just four short years previous.

The direction and speed of change are undeniable. I refuse to say “the future of solar power is bright” because that’s hokey, but well… it’s kind of true.

How Solar Power Works

Like a lot of things in our lives, we take electricity for granted. Most of us don’t think about how a car works, how a plane flies, or how our electronics work. We don’t think about how power plants produce the power that make our phones, lights, and appliances work.

That’s even more true for solar power. It’s not something that is intuitive and obvious. How does a black rectangle on your roof make your lights turn on?

The High Drama of Argentina’s Energy Policy

Murder, cover-ups, spies, and a terrorist attack all somehow factor into the country’s energy sector. Argentina has achieved the impossible: it has made energy policy dramatic. Cinematic, even.

 

A bombing and a murder

First, the terror attack. In 1994, a Jewish organization’s building was bombed in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people.  It was generally believed that Iranians were responsible, but the investigation was fraught with difficulty and stretched out indefinitely.

More than 20 years later, in 2015, the special prosecutor investigating the bombing was getting ready to make the accusation that the government had attempted to strike a deal with Iran which would cover up their role in the bombing in exchange for a special oil deal.