Local municipalities are using solar power alternative energy initiatives to help bring about eco consciousness, and economic growth in cities across the planet. From ecofriendly transportation services to efficient waste management practices, green fever is hitting towns everywhere!
Solar is being used in many of these urban development projects. Just last year, the World Bank launched “Eco2 Cities” to help generate urban sustainability. The European Commission’s POLIS research program has helped six European cities develop guidelines for urban solar implementation.
In beautiful Sweden, Stockholm’s Hammarby Sjöstad district has created an efficient system of solar power alternative energy, energy efficiency, water and waste management, and recycling for electricity and district heating.
The city of Malmö is moving towards a goal of 100 percent alternative energy production by 2020! In Spanish locations, such as Barcelona and Madrid, solar ordinances have been passed for solar hot water heating.
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In Germany, the München Solar Initiative is helping building owners, businesses and occupants create a plan for rooftop solar. In Australia, solar power alternative energy has been integrated to the point that 1/3 of their energy came from renewables in 2012 and 2013. One in five houses in Australia now has a rooftop solar panel system, and one quarter of the renewable energy comes from wind power. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is predicting the number of solar homes could increase to one in two homes over the next ten years!
In Canberra Australia, two large solar projects have recently been given the go ahead to proceed. The Zhenfa's 13-MW Mugga Lane Solar Park, and Elementus Energy's 7-MW OneSun Capital Solar Farm were selected to receive FIT grants following the ACT’s Climate Change strategy.
In the Far East, such as China and Japan, a lot of interesting things are happening in their solar industries. Solar demand is expected to double in the latter part of this year in both China and Japan, and will surpass 16 GWs for the entire year, a 90 percent increase (and that is after they meet 40 percent of global demand!)
The good news for China continues…
The Shunfeng Investment and Xinjiang Production and
Construction Corps (XPCC) have signed on for two large scale solar projects. The first of which will create a 500 MW solar
power station in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The second project is
set to generate 1 GW of solar energy in the same region. All this will be built
on over 900 hectares of land provided by the XPCC, and is expected to be
completed by 2017.