When it comes to renewable energy, there’s good news popping up all over the place.
2018 will mark a global shift in how we generate energy: onshore wind and solar energy will become the lowest-cost form of energy around the world. Renewables made up two-thirds of new capacity added to the world’s power grids in 2016. Solar energy is the world’s fastest-growing energy source. And scientists are exploring new materials that could be even more effective in turning the sun’s rays into electricity.
Nothing makes us happier at The Green Channel than celebrating the successes of people who are reshaping our world into a healthier place for all living things.
Well — that and waking up to find the sun shining.
That’s why we’re pretty excited that today is Solar Appreciation Day. In honour of the sun and how smart, driven people around the globe are harnessing its power, The Green Channel is sharing three solar success stories that make us happy:
1. A B.C. First Nation community of only 250 people, the T’Souke Nation has been at the forefront of green energy for more than a decade. In 2008, they began a journey to become Canada’s first Aboriginal solar community. They now generate enough electricity to sell some back to B.C. Hydro in the summer months. The T’Souke Nation also operate hugely successful wasabi and oyster farms, and have launched a large-scale wind project. Clean energy presents significant potential for empowering First Nations communities.
2. Not enough land? No problem. Floating solar panels are the wave of the future. From Australia to Japan and Brazil to the UK: countries around the world are repurposing dam reservoirs, wastewater facilities, and even hydroelectric plants into floating solar farms. The solar panels are installed on a flotation system that suspends them a few feet above the water surface. The added benefits are also huge. The panels prevent water loss due to evaporation and algae growth. Plus, cooled by the water, the panels are more efficient.
3. Morocco was hailed as the renewable energy success story of 2016. Its flagship project is a trailblazing, $9-billion energy plant called Noor, which means "light" in Arabic. Noor is the size of Paris. It is also part of the first phase of Morocco’s plans to provide renewable energy to more than a million Moroccans. In 2007, less than 10% of the country’s electricity came from renewable sources. Now it is more than 30%. Morocco is on track to achieve its ambitious target of sourcing 52% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. It is a good reminder than “ambitious” does not mean “impossible”.
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