Countries all over the globe are moving ahead with green renewable initiatives. With Earth Day here, we wanted to look globally at 9 countries that are really making a difference:
1. Costa Rica
Talk about stepping up! According to the National Control Centre, Costa Rica ran on99% renewables for the first quarter in 2017. Their renewable energy was composed of hydroelectric, wind, geothermal and solar with hydroelectric producing the majority of their renewable energy.
In March of this year, Scotland set wind power records. According to Weather Energy by WWF Scotland they send more than 1.2 million megawatt hours of electricity to their national grid. That’senough electricity to meet, on average, the electrical needs of 136 percent of Scottish households, equivalent to 3.3 million homes.
Better yet, this represented an increase of 81 percent compared to March 2016.
Leading the way of renewable energy production is China. Recently China is building the largest solar farm with the capacity to produce 850MW. Furthermore, NY Times has shared that China has vowed to spend $360 billion on renewable sources of energy by 2020.
We all hear about Germany making amazing strides in renewable energy, but we didn’t expect this much production. According to Renewable Energy World Germany was able produce 31.5% of its power from renewable clean sources. Great strides and they aim to increase that number to 35% by 2020.
5. United States
California, an inspiration to the rest of the world when it involves taking the first step in the right direction. Despite their President Donald Trump stressing fossil fuels, California is fighting hard to continue for sustainability. According to Inside Climate News, under legislation proposed by State Sen. Kevin de Leon, the state would dramatically ramp up efforts to decarbonize its grid and draw all it’s electricity from renewable sources by 2045.
Australia really made us realize the power of solar! They was able to transform a remote community after swapping diesel for solar. Despite having freehold title to 170 square kilometres of land east of Tennant Creek and plenty of money in the bank, members of the Munungurra Aboriginal Corporation could not afford to live on their country. The cost of providing power to such a remote location prevented them building an economy on their land. When getting diesel generators although they were able to provide power, their bills were between $600-$700, a method that was clearly not sustainable.
According to ABC, after going solar, in 3 months the community’s power bill dropped by more than half, the population grew from three to 40, and local jobs and a school sprang up.
8. South Korea
Strong strides are also being made in Asian countries. South Korea will be investing 42 trillion won ($36.6 billion) in renewable energy by 2020 such as solar and wind power. Under the plan, new renewable power stations will be built to produce 13 million kilowatts of electricity annually — equivalent to that of 26 coal plants in the country — according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Yonhap News Agency reported. .
What about Canada? Canada’s large landmass and geography has substantial renewable resources to produce energy through moving water, wind, solar and geothermal. According to Natural Resources Canada, to date, water is the most used renewable energy source of Canada’s electricity generation and solar and wind are the fastest growing.
As Ontario’s solar marketplace we have high hopes that Canadian’s will continue to adopt renewable energy sources and be strong contributors to the sustainability of our planet.