The breakthrough in renewable energy – (VPRO documentary – 2016)

The breakthrough in renewable energy - (VPRO documentary - 2016)

It’s not in the papers but a silent revolution is moving across the world. Renewable energy is becoming cheaper than from fossil fuels. It means that progressively the choice for wind and solar energy is no longer an ethical one but an economic one. And this will speed up the transfer to renewable energy.

In countries like Brazil, Australia, Chile and parts of the United States people consider renewable energy because of financial reasons. The price of solar and wind energy will continue to drop and in more countries renewable energy will occur.

A surprising newcomer on the market is Morocco, where the government expects that in 2020 more than 40 percent of the energy could come from solar energy.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2016.
© VPRO Backlight March 2016

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Director: Martijn Kieft
Research: Robert Kosters
Producer: Jolanda Segers
Commissioning editors: Marije Meerman, Doke Romeijn
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.

20 Comments on “The breakthrough in renewable energy – (VPRO documentary – 2016)”

  1. Another lesftist propaganda. GREEN ENERGY IS UNSUSTAINABLE unless we kill billions of people. Today the UN is doing a big job by generating two holocausts per year wasting trillions of dollars on its fake and failed climate models at the expense of the poorest of the world. AND NOBODY CARES! What a fraud. I'm a Chilean engineer, I do live in Chile and I know the truth about solar energy in Atacama desert with this marxist government and comunist President Bachelet. Just one hint: guess why Sun Power Company put on sale its solar plant on March this year months before starting operations. You may laugh with this: this solar plant will supply the 42% of Santiago's subway electricity demand, pioneer project in the whole world AT OUR EXPENSE. I'll just wait and see what happens when it's cloudy or it's at night.

  2. subsidies =/= free market. these clowns dont know a thing about anything other than being alarmist useful idiots for a one world communist government, which is inadvertent, so they pretty much know nothing.

  3. first seconds of this video "World Leaders" term was used, illuminati lol, conspiracy theory etc etc etc

  4. If there is some kind of energy transition going on why is it year over year more and more FF is burned?

  5. Good news, but you need better sources than Deutsche Bank (which was involved in a $10 BILLION fraud scheme), CitiBank (which was fined $700 MILLION for "illegal credit card practices") and Dubai-with it's desire for pharonic buildings and artificial islands. If Dubai is interested in solar why don't they just have solar on home rooftops, so money isn't spent on infrastructure and lines? The big problem with solar is the lack of political interest and conflicts of interest politicians have with the fossil fuel industries. Privatized power corporations have been extremely uncooperative with customers-making home-energy-production not worth the effort.

  6. LOL. COP21, what a scam ! Nobody is ready to do anything about climate change as long as their wealth is concerned. We are dead. You and your children (and me and my two daughters) are living-deads. IT IS TOO LATE.

  7. I don't feel that anything should be subsidized by the government. The free market should determine if a technology is viable. Getting new technology launched would be the bread and butter of investors. There are thousands of windmills that were erected under government subsidy. Now that the subsidy is ending soon. The wind energy group are lobbying to continue the subsidy. Why should I pay for electricity twice. Through my taxes and then from the electricity company.

  8. If you cover a sufficient surface of desert soil with solar panels… Does it stop being a desert? They should be cautious not creating a microclimate. Real plants could become a problem for solar ones.

  9. An interesting documentary, but it presents a radically simplified picture of the economics of renewables.
    Don‘t take everything at face-value mentioned here!

  10. vpro documentary says:
    "Great idea. Did you look up if it already exist?"
    I did and came up with nothing.
    That's why I asked.

    Have you?

  11. Why don't they make solar panels that replaces the roof?

    It will save the cost of installing the roof, won't it?

  12. This was very straight forward and informative. A bit bias but good;), thank you for sharing. It motivates more and more to continue studying renewable energy and natural resources.

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