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Thierry Lepercq
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“We will win the energy revolution”
Always more powerful, always cheaper: solar energy has nothing but advantages over nuclear and oil.

 © Sylvain Fuchs
Always more powerful, always cheaper: solar panels have come to a point where they only represent advantages compared to fossil and nuclear energies.
When Mark Carney, head of the Bank of England, recently announced that the world was threatened by an economic crisis much worse than the subprimes’ ones, some people were shocked. For the solar industry, however, it was only confirming what we have known for a long time.
 © Richard Perez / Marc Perez
Increasingly effective and increasingly cheap, solar energy was soon to strike a deadly blow to energy and oil’s giants, whose unpopularity among the public was now accompanied by a profitability deficit compared to clean energies. The financial rates of yesteryear’s nuclear giants, RWE, E.ON, was divided by 5 within a few years, just like EDF which is stuck in a mortifying spiral.
These energy mammoths are staggering under the blows of technology and green revolution. The question is no longer whether or not the world will give up nuclear and fossil energies but how long it will take, and which actors will adapt. If some firms are in a denial phase and focus more on the best way to delay the inevitable than on the way to adapt to change, others have already started their mutations.
The integration of Solaire direct to the Engie group goes in that direction and proves that confrontation in not a fatality. Big energy firms’ CEOs must achieve an “energy perestroika”: with an iron fist in a velvet glove, they must completely rethink the corporate culture, the networks, the priorities, and in a dramatically short amount of time.
In India, China, Turkey or Mexico, solar panels are quickly spreading. For these countries, the solar era has already begun: India plans on investing 85 billion dollars in solar and to multiply its production by 25. In 2022, its solar park should be able to produce up to 100 GW, which is almost one quarter of what all the nuclear reactors on earth produced in January 2016.

In the Old world, ideological and political barriers are still blocking the clean energy wave. Europe wants to save its energy giants, even though they are almost doomed, and the United States is not ready to see its Big Oil and Wall Street models disappear.

In the backstage of events such as the COP21, the western world concentrated all its efforts in curbing projects carried by other countries such as India. But these resistances will not last forever. One day, they will have to evolve or disappear because with solar energy always cheaper and always more effective, hesitation cannot stand an it represents an unbeatable competition. And with a kilowatt/hour price divided by three in five years for solar energy, this time could come very soon.
 © Thierry Lepercq / Solairedirect
Thierry Lepercq
Président Solairedirect
En 2003, Thierry Leperq se lance dans le conseil pour l'innovation et l'entreprenariat. Il crée Solairedirect en 2006 avec Amaury Korniloff. Il est aussi membre de l'association les Quartiers de la Réussite. Membre de Croissance Plus
Crédits photo : Thierry Lepercq / Solairedirect, Sylvain Fuchs, Richard Perez / Marc Perez, DRSylvain Fuchs
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