We on our little (relatively speaking) island are doing well in the battle against fossil fuels and encouraging renewable energy resources across the British Isles to combat climate change to bring about a brighter tomorrow. But what can be said for those across the globe, and who do we share this passion with as climate change is a worldly threat and can only be combatted by locking arms with those around us. So here we take a look at the past few weeks accomplishments from countries around the globe to remind us of those fighting alongside us on the battlefield.
Morocco is home to the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant. In a collaborative project with Germany, the North African country plan to switch to energy saving light bulbs and use solar panels for heaters, hot water and air conditioning in 600 mosques with the intention to increase this over the 15,000 mosques in the country, cutting power usage by 40% and create hundreds of jobs in the process.
Not far from our own shores, a major bank of Ireland, AIB, are converting roof space into solar PV – the largest in the state – and ultimately reduce their carbon footprint by 115 tonnes annually.
The 17th city of Boulder, Colorado, in the United States has pledged to become entirely run by renewable energy by the year 2030, with a reduction of 80% of greenhouse gases by 2050. Joining cities across American such as San Diego and San Francisco (California), Georgetown (Texas) and Grand Rapids (Michigan), Boulder joins the committed ranks to a green energy life. In Mayor Jones’ own words, “Congress is not going to address climate change; cities like Boulder need to take the lead”. We second that.
Australia have been hitting the news a lot lately. With now a quarter of businesses generated by solar power (compared to 14% two years ago), Australia are making the most of the almost constant glorious sunshine. In the Gold Coast, an abandoned goldmine has become the first to be transformed into a pumped hydroelectric energy storage (PHES) system with integrated solar farm. Providing power for 27,500 homes by the end of 2017, this opens a massive opportunity for the 50,000 abandoned gold mines across Australia.
Heading south, Australia’s largest battery storage project is underway to confront electrical network issues in South Australia and conquer the high prices and limited supply of energy in the Heywood Connector between South Australia and Victoria. An area the size of a football field, the 100-megawatt solar power plant and 100-megawatt battery storage unit, Australia in line for a low-carbon future.
Costa Rica For powering an entire country on 100% renewable energy for 76 days straight, Costa Rica takes the winning prize this week. Using solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric dams, for the second year in a row, the country have committed and proven the possible is well and truly possible – and aim to entirely eliminate carbon emissions by 2021, read about the amazing feat here.