How solar energy got so cheap, and why it's not everywhere (yet)



A lot speaks for solar energy. It’s clean, renewable – and now even cheaper than energy from fossil fuels like coal or natural gas. Sounds pretty great, right? But it only makes up a tiny bit of global electricity production. Why don’t we use a lot more of it yet?

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Author: Malte Rohwer-Kahlmann
Video Editor: Cem Springer
Supervising Editor: Kiyo Dörrer

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