1. Morocco takes solar to the next level
Based in the city of Ouarzazate in the Sahara desert, the Noor (meaning “light” in Arabic) power station is projected to supply energy to over 1 million people when completed in 2018. Half a million of the solar panels are already in operation, which is helping the Moroccan government meet their target of supplying 42% of the country’s energy needs from renewable sources.
2. Costa Rica went 76 days using only 100% renewable energy
It’s not the first time Costa Rica has been able to switch off burning fossil fuels to generate electricity for days at a time. But earlier this year, through generation from hydropower and geothermal sources, the whole nation’s energy needs were met for over 2 months straight from renewable power. Boom.
3. Belgium started including green energy information in its weather forecasts
Sun and wind are becoming increasingly important to Belgium’s energy supply, which is why the Flemish TV station VRT have begun educating its viewers on the importance of renewable resources on a daily basis. And what better way to do this than to include renewable generation updates and forecasts in its daily weather programme!
4. Sweden aims to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2040
That’s fast. Wind energy already makes up 10% of energy production in the country. This has increased from 0 just a few years ago. While Sweden’s one of the highest consumers of energy per capita, its carbon emissions are surprisingly low compared to other countries. The average Swede releases 4.25 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) per year into the atmosphere, compared with the EU average of 6.91 tonnes and the US average of 16.15 tonnes.
5. England will soon have the world’s largest wind farm
Dong Energy are about to start building the world’s largest wind farm just off the coast of Yorkshire, England. The project, which is being funded by the government, is projected to meet the energy needs of over 1 million homes in the UK. The Hornsea wind farm is set to be completed by 2020 and will be the world’s first offshore wind farm to exceed 1,000 MW in capacity.