Charging up nations with solar energy
A number of countries around the world have declared their commitment to reduce carbon-generated power drastically, turning to the power of the sun as a clean alternative. Specifically Morocco, Singapore and India are investing heavily in the abundant power of the sun.
Accordingly, the government of India has showed their will toward producing 40 per cent of its power from non-fossil fuels by 2030. It is a super solar power plant, officially the largest of its kind, situated in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu. The site covers an area of 10 square kilometres and its solar panel field consists of 2.5 million individual solar panel units, becoming the world’s largest solar energy plant. It is hoped that this solar power project will help the country combat its problem of bad air quality, as the capital city of New Delhi recently saw its worst levels of pollution in 17 years. The site will allow India to power roughly 150 000 homes with the sun’s energy.
Likewise, Morocco’s largest solar power plant, situated on the edge of the Saharan desert, is estimated that it will generate in 2018, 580 megawatts of power – saving Morocco hundreds of thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions each year and providing approximately 1.1 million Moroccans with sustainable power. The north African country’s government plans to have 42 per cent of its entire power demand supplied by solar energy by 2020 and further 52 per cent by the year 2030.
Singapore has an almost identical driven solar energy plans, but without the luxury of vast open deserts to build on. In fact, Singapore faces a major real estate problem and without natural infrastructure in the form of rivers to generate hydroelectricity from, engineers have had to use their creativity to maintain a future vision of clean energy as it is its only source and option of renewable energy. Being said, one of Singapore’s chief solutions is called ‘solar leasing’ which involves the use of rooftops as a spot to install solar panels without additional costs to whoever lives below. It involves the sale of solar electricity to building owners rather than the sale of solar modules. As a result, the base of solar adopters in Singapore is growing, including many industrial and commercial participants.
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