The electricity sector around the world is going through a massive revolution led by solar and the wind. Together the two technologies are impacting the way the world produces and consumes energy which bodes well for saving our universe from the consequences of climate change caused by carbon emissions and other environmental pollutants. By 2030, solar and wind power together can prevent carbon emission to the tune of 3,800 million tons and it could be significantly higher given the right market framework and governmental policy. The technology needed to combat the climate change problem and carbon emission is in place. However, we need the political leadership and will to pave the way for sustainable energy in the future. These actions must also come in time so that we can save this planet for future generations, which is why we need more organisations like Euro Solar Global.
Carbon dioxide emission from the power sector
Global energy industry singularly contributes to about 40% of all carbon dioxide emissions and that constitutes about 25% of all the greenhouse emissions. To meet the goals of climate protection, science has established that these emissions must peak and move downhill in the present decade itself. The power sector should be the focus to achieve that goal. The excellent scalability, the plummeting costs and the speed with which it can be deployed, makes solar and wind energy the ideal choice to achieve the emissions reduction earlier than projected. As a civilised human society, we owe it to posterity to reach this goal if the temperature rise is to be contained at 2oC or lower.
The USA has accelerated the shift from fossil fuels
Although many global leaders are waiting for more advanced technology to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the US has already accelerated this change. According to a Bloomberg report, 2015 has indeed been a turning point in the history of American energy. The pre-eminent position of coal in power generation has now been ceded to natural gas and the production of solar and wind power has increased by 57% compared to the levels of 2008. 16 GW clean energy was installed by energy developers constituting about 70% of all new capacity added. 2015 was also the second year when fossil fuels took the back seat in energy growth.
Coal, however, continues to constitute about 50% of all electrical generation capacity in the US though the trend has been declining in recent years. Market forces have also contributed to the decrease in power plants with coal as the feedstock. Abundant natural gas at lower prices and policies to bring down greenhouse gas emissions has also been helpful in this popular trend.
Green energy options for environmentally aware Australians
Australia is environmentally aware and has great choices in the green energy movement. For instance, the plans laid out by ZEN Energy, nearly a year ago to be Australia’s first provider of renewables to dedicated communities has further consolidated its position by launching its plans in Queensland during February 2016. Noticeably, Queensland also has one of the highest energy prices in Australia. To add a further touch of local flavour, Zen Energy will supply its batteries (storage system) christened as ZEN Freedom PowerBank as well as solar panel systems that are room ready. The company will also provide complete technical support and world-class software.
Community power through microgrids
Australia has unlimited potential to extensively tap solar energy to an extent where businesses and homes can completely switch over to renewable energy sources lead to solar energy and thereby render the coal-burning power generation redundant. Building microgrids for communities to deliver sustainable, low-cost community energy is the need of the hour. Remember the old power stations built around townships? Maybe we are going back in time but the effort would be well worth it and communities owning their energy systems and running it can soon be a reality, as opposed to importing their energy needs.
Solar energy is free from monopolies
For long, the world has experienced the arm-twisting tactics employed by nations that produced large volumes of fossil fuels. The importing countries had only the Hobson’s choice while the exporters called the shots. Though the tables have now turned somewhat in favour of the importers, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels will be shot in the arm for many economies.
For sure, the Sun will have no production cuts and no force can impact the working of the Sun. Therefore, the world is assured of the raw material for its energy needs. More interestingly, the raw material is delivered right onto the rooftop without any added cost of transportation, taxes or duties. Every region in the world where solar power systems are viable will have the ability to control their energy production, own it, use it, and even sell the excess back to a traditional grid. As for the availability of raw material, the supplies will last as long as this Universe does!
Even free power could be a reality some day
By pursuing the path of solar energy to power our homes, a day might dawn when we may enjoy the free electric power, thanks to the Sun. We can look for the world that is free from ‘power shocks’ that the utility companies keep delivering at regular intervals. Solar power systems will hardly ever run out of ‘fuel’ and you will never run around looking for expensive fuel to power your home. To convert these dreams, we need a significant amount of investment into research to make solar energy even more affordable to the masses. Abundant financial resources are available to wealthy nations and individuals. How these resources are canalised to build a greener and safer world and how soon that happens will hold the key. The journey has begun on a promising note and we can only wait for the desirable days to arrive.
A significant shift from fossil fuels to solar power and other forms of renewable energy will also usher in significant fall out benefits, particularly for nations that are dependent on oil imports. In turn, this can perk-up the global economy paving the way for happier days for the masses. Together, we owe it to the world, and the time has arrived to deliver!