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Ashok, S. 2007. "Optimised model for community-based hybrid energy system." Renewable Energy 32:1155-1164. [PDF

Behr, Peter. 2011. "Can the U.S. Government Help Domestic Solar Companies Compete? Companies are in the process of building a more competitive solar power industry, where the United States is a decided underdog. Can the government help?" (Part 1 of 4.) Scientific American 31 January.

Chow, T.T. 2010. "A Review on Photovoltaic/Thermal Hybrid Solar Technology." Applied Energy 87(2):365-379.

Chow, T.T., G.N. Tiwari, and C. Menezo. 2012. "Hybrid Solar: A Review on Photovoltaic and Thermal Power Integration." International Journal of Photoenergy 2012:307287.

Clack, Christopher T.M., Staffan A. Qvist, Jay Apt, Morgan Bazilian, Adam R. Brandt, Ken Caldeira, Steven J. Davis, Victor Diakov, Mark A. Handschy, Paul D. H. Hines, Paulina Jaramillo, Daniel M. Kammen, Jane C.S. Long, M. Granger Morgan, Adam Reed, Varun Sivaram, James Sweeney, George R. Tynan, David G. Victor, John P. Weyant, and Jay F. Whitacre. 2017. "Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(26):6722–6727. [PDF] [story by Chris Mooney on the lawsuit filed by Jacobson challenging paper's claims]

CommodityOnline. 2010. "Ambitious N. Africa Solar Plans, Export to Europe." CommodityOnline 26 March.

Cox, Stan. 2017. "100 Percent Wishful Thinking: The Green-Energy Cornucopia." Green Social Thought 9 September.

  • "America does need to convert to fully renewable energy as quickly as possible. But juxtaposing the 100-percent scenarios that promise a permanent high-energy economy with critiques showing such projects to be futile should lead us to a different vision altogether: that, at least in affluent countries, it would be better simply to transform society so that it operates on far less end-use energy while assuring sufficiency for all. That would bring a 100%-renewable energy system within closer reach and avoid the outrageous technological feats and gambles required by high-energy dogma. It would also have the advantage of being possible." (par. 6)
  • "But the debate about hope ignores the relevant question: what are we hoping for? If our hope is to deploy solar and wind capacity that maintains indefinitely the current throughput of energy in the world’s affluent societies, then, yes, the situation is hopeless. But there can be other hopes that, although they’re looking dim for now, are at least within reach: that greenhouse warming can be limited sufficiently to allow communities around the world who are currently impoverished and oppressed to improve their lives; that access to food, water, shelter, safety, culture, nature, and other necessities becomes sufficient for all; or that exploitation and oppression of humans and nature be brought to an end." (par. 16)

Cox, William John. 2011. "The Race for Space-Solar Energy." Truthout 30 April.

Dauer, Ulrike. 2009. "Sahara Solar-Power Consortium's Plans Advance." The Wall Street Journal 30 October.

DeGroat, Kevin, Joseph Morabito, Terry Peterson, and Greg P. Smestad. 2009. "Systems Analysis and Recommendations for R&D and Accelerated Deployment of Solar Energy." Year of Energy 2009, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, 1 November.

Delucchi Mark A. and Mark Z. Jacobson. 2010. "Providing all Global Energy with Wind, Water, and Solar Power, Part II: Reliability, System and Transmission Costs, and Policies." Energy Policy 31 December.  [abstract]  [PDF]  [part 1 (PDF) [related article by authors]  [news story by National Geographic]  [related news story[Jacobson debates nuclear vs. renewable energy with Stewart Brand on TED Talks]

Denholma, Paul and Robert M. Margolis. 2008. "Land-use Requirements and the Per-capita Solar Footprint for Photovoltaic Generation in the United States." Energy Policy 36(9):3531-3543.                                                 

Desertec. n.d. The European Union’s Desertec Solar Energy from the Sahara Project. Website, Desertec Foundation, Hamburg, Germany. [PDF]

EPIA. 2011. Solar Generation 6. Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Empowering the World. European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and Greenpeace International. [PDF] [related video]

Fthenakis, Vasilis, James E. Mason, and Ken Zweibel. 2009. "The Technical, Geographical, and Economic Feasibility of Solar Energy to Supply the Energy Needs of the US." Energy Policy 37:387-399. [PDF]

Jacobson, Mark Z. and Mark A. Delucchi. 2009. "A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables. Wind, water and solar technologies can provide 100 percent of the world's energy, eliminating all fossil fuels." Scientific American November. [PDF]  [interactive website] [Jacobson debates nuclear vs. renewable energy with Stewart Brand on TED Talks]

Jacobson, Mark Z. and Mark A. Delucchi. 2010. "Providing all Global Energy with Wind, Water, and Solar Power, Part I: Technologies, Energy Resources, Quantities and Areas of Infrastructure, and Materials." Energy Policy 30 December. [PDF] [part 2 (PDF)[related article by authors] [news story in National Geographic[Jacobson debates nuclear vs. renewable energy with Stewart Brand on TED Talks]

Jacobson, Mark Z., Mark A. Delucchi, Guillaume Bazouin, Zack A.F. Bauer, Christa C. Heavey, Emma Fisher, Sean B. Morris, Diniana J.Y. Piekutowski, Taylor A. Vencilla, and Tim W. Yeskoo. 2015. "100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) all-sector energy roadmaps for the 50 United States." Energy & Environmental Science 2:2093-2117. [PDF] [critique by Stan Cox in Green Social Thought]

Jacobson, Mark Z., Mark A. Delucchi, Zack A.F. Bauer, Savannah C. Goodman, William E. Chapman, Mary A. Cameron, Cedric Bozonnat, Liat Chobadi, Hailey A. Clonts, Peter Enevoldsen, Jenny R. Erwin, Simone N. Fobi, Owen K. Goldstrom, Eleanor M. Hennessy, Jingyi Liu, Jonathan Lo, Clayton B. Meyer, Sean B. Morris, Kevin R. Moy, Patrick L. O’Neill, Ivalin Petkov, Stephanie Redfern, Robin Schucker, Michael A. Sontag, Jingfan Wang, Eric Weiner, and Alexander S. Yachanin. 2017. "100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World." Joule 6 September. [PDF] [news summary]

Jeffries, Barney with Editors Stephan Singer and Jean-Philippe Denruyter. 2011. The Energy Report: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. World Wildlife Fund International, Gland. [news report]

Jones, Glenn A. and Kevin J. Warner. 2016. "The 21st century population-energy-climate nexus." Energy Policy 93:206-212.

  • "Abstract. World population is projected to reach 10.9 billion by 2100, yet nearly one-fifth of the world's current 7.2 billion live without access to electricity. Though universal energy access is desirable, a significant reduction in fossil fuel usage is required before mid-century if global warming is to be limited to <2 °C. Here we quantify the changes in the global energy mix necessary to address population and climate change under two energy-use scenarios, finding that renewable energy production (9% in 2014) must comprise 87–94% of global energy consumption by 2100. Our study suggests >50% renewable energy needs to occur by 2028 in a <2 °C warming scenario, but not until 2054 in an unconstrained energy use scenario. Given the required rate and magnitude of this transition to renewable energy, it is unlikely that the <2 °C goal can be met. Focus should be placed on expanding renewable energy as quickly as possible in order to limit warming to 2.5–3 °C." (p. 206)

Kraemer, Susan. 2009. "Half a Trillion Dollars to Build Huge Desertec Plan?" CleanTechnica 22 June.

Loftus, Peter J., Armond M. Cohen, Jane C.S. Long, and Jesse D. Jenkins. 2015. A critical review of global decarbonization scenarios: what do they tell us about feasibility? WIREs Climate Change 6:93-112. [PDF]

  •  "To be reliable guides for policymaking, these types of scenarios clearly need to be supplemented by more detailed analyses addressing the key constraints on energy system transformation, including technological readiness, economic costs, infrastructure and operational issues, and societal acceptability with respect to each of the relevant technology pathways." (p. 109)

Lovejoy, Derek. 1996. "Are there Limits to Growth? The Need for a Transition to a Solar-based  Economy." Natural Resource Forum 20(1):73-77. [PDF]

Mechanic, Michael. 2008. Power Q&A: Joe Romm. The author of The Hype About Hydrogen on the absurdity of electric pencil sharpeners, why concentrated solar thermal is promising, and which stocks he'd invest a million dollars in. Mother Jones 21 April.

Moriarty, Patrick and Damon Honnery. 2012. "Preparing for a low-energy future." Futures 44(10):883-892.

  • "A human needs economy will need to replace the growth economy." (p. 892)

Moriarty, Patrick and Damon Honnery. 2016. "Can renewable energy power the future?" Energy Policy 93:3-7.

  • "So, in meeting the challenges of the 21st century, the world now faces a triple uncertainty: in the timing and severity of climate change, in the future supply of fossil fuels, and—as argued here—in future RE availability. Fossil fuel use may have to be reduced to near zero in the coming decades, and future RE output could be far below present energy use. Thus a prudent course would involve major energy reductions (Anderson, 2015; Moriarty and Honnery, 2012b). Not only will we need to maximise the energy services obtained from each unit of energy (for instance, through gains in technical energy efficiency), but we will likely also need to re-evaluate all energy-consuming tasks, discarding those that are less important." (p. 6)

Pimentel, David (ed.). 2008. Biofuels, Solar and Wind as Renewable Energy Systems: Benefits and Risks. Springer, Dordrecht. [PDF]

Roberts, David. 2011c. "The Gobsmackingly Gargantuan Challenge of Shifting to Clean Energy." Grist 11 February.

Roberts, David. 2013. "Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S. utilities." Grist  10 April.

Romm, Joseph J. 2008b. "The Technology that Will Save Humanity. The solar energy you haven't heard of is the one best suited to generate clean electricity for generations to come." Salon 14 April.

Schwartzman, David and Peter Schwartzman. 2013. "A Rapid Solar Transition is not only Possible, it is Imperative!" African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development 5(4):297-302. [PDF]

Stram, Bruce N. 2016. "Key challenges to expanding renewable energy." Energy Policy 96:728-734.

Strickland, Eliza. 2009. "Europe’s Plan to Draw Solar Power From the Sahara Moves Ahead." Discover 2 November. [related PDF]

Trieb, Franz, Christoph Schillings, Stefan Kronshage, Dr. Uwe Klann, Dr. Peter Viebahn, Nadine May, Regina Wilde, Christian Paul, Malek Kabariti, Abdelaziz Bennouna, Hani El Nokraschy, Samir Hassan, Laila Georgy Yussef, Tewfik Hasni, Nasir El Bassam, and Honorat Satoguina. 2005. Concentrating Solar Power for the Mediterranean Region. Final Report. German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Section Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment. Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Stuttgart, Germany. [PDF]

Tsao, Jeff, Nate Lewis, and George Crabtree (eds.). 2006. "Solar FAQs." Unpublished White Paper, Working Draft Version 20 April 2006. [PDF]

US EIA. 2010. Solar Thermal Collector Manufacturing Activities 2009. U.S. Energy Information Administration (US EIA), U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C. [PDF] [news story]

Vaughn, Kelly. 2010. "Getting Solar Power off the Sidelines and into the Game." GreenBiz.com 17 June. 

Wasserman, Harvey F. 2006. SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030. harveywasserman.com. ["From Ecotopia to Solartopi: A Visionary Conversation", Wasserman speaks with Ecotopia author, Ernest Callenbach

Zweibel, Ken, James Mason, and Vasilis Fthenakis. 2008. "A Solar Grand Plan: By 2050 Solar Power Could End U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil and Slash Greenhouse Gas Emissions." Scientific American 298(January):64-73. [PDF] [related short video]

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