5 Facts about Renewable Energy

5 Facts about Renewable Energy

5 Facts about Renewable Energy

Dira Eco-Friendly, Green Living, Tech & Energy

Renewable energy is a saving grace for humanity. It is looking to breathe new life into the planet and save it for generations to come. That is of course if we use enough of it. The old excuse for not using renewable energy was that it was just too expensive for use in everyday life. Well, that excuse is one of the past as renewable energy has become as cheap as ever!

Well since you are here you probably know what renewable energy is, but for those of you living under a giant rock- renewable energies are basically a self-sustaining energy source that requires no external energy sources to create or move them other than the ones we have at hand naturally.

Renewable energies have come a long way since they once started. Popular or mainstream sources have picked it up and now are bringing them to the public. Here are some facts you might find interesting about renewable energies!

5. There is so Much!

The greatest thing about renewable energy is that there is so much of it!  Anywhere our planet or even a distant star might produce an indefinite amount of energy, a renewable energy has sprung up. Well, indefinite is a bit of a stretch but the main thing is that we do not have to burn obscene amounts of oil of fossil fuels to get just a tiny smidge of energy.

So let us try and narrow down the most well-known renewable energies on the planet. There is solar, wind, thermal, geothermal, biofuel, wave energy, hydroelectric and the list continues to grow every day. So theoretically, a country can fully rely on a number of renewable energy sources to completely meet its energy demands.

A large number of renewable energies is exactly what has prompted many countries to go 100% renewable.

4. It is Cheaper!

The dollar to energy rate is significantly less compared to conventional methods of energy generation.  For example, on average some wind farms or wind turbines will cost about $0.06 per kWh but this price is said to go dive further down to $0.04 per kWh. Solar power as well has gone down to $0.10 per kWh and is also set for a major decrease. Compare these prices with the $0.05-$0.17 you would normally have to pay for conventional energy.

Wind Turbines

What is amazing that a single wind turbine can generate electricity for up to 1400 homes. In fact, China has been installing 2 wind turbines every hour! In fact, they make so much energy that their old grids are physically incapable of handling the amounts of energy produced. They actually have to turn their wind turbines off for about 15 percent of the year so that they do not overload their grids.

3. Renewable Energy is good for the Economy!

Since there are so many forms of renewable energies, there are also many opportunities for jobs created within them. Studies and economic analysts say that renewable energies create about 5 times as more jobs than fossil fuels did or even ever will.

Solar Panels

Renewable energy even means that the prices for electricity is going to plummet. Which means that the average consumer is going to pay so much more less in electric bills than ever before. And indeed in the UK people have already started to notice less costs of electric ever since onshore wind farms have gained massive popularity.

Indeed, the UK sees a price hike in power and gas whenever wind cannot perform for whatever reason- and normal consumers are the people who feel the heat of it as well.

2.  Countries are already running on Renewable!

There are so many countries around the world that have already embraced the future and made or have started to make all of their energy requirements filled by renewables. For example, Sweden was so enthusiastic about meeting its energy goals that it went ahead and met them 12 years before they were actually supposed to! They were supposed to make an additional 18.4 terawatts of power for the country by the year 2030. With how things are going, they just might end up reaching that goal by the end of this year!

The UK is slowly but surely catching up as well. Last year was a huge success for the once coal giant the UK was. 30% of all of the United Kingdom’s power came from renewables last year. And this year that number is only looking to go up.

Costa Rica has also taken advantage of its 67 volcanoes to go 100% with its renewable energy creation.  This was done by using a combination of geothermal, solar, wind and other various sources.

1. We Could Completely be powered by Renewables by the year 2050

The World Wildlife Foundation has estimated that by the year 2050, the entire planet could be powered by renewable energy should the right choices be made by world governments right now. It does seem to be hopeful at the moment since a lot of countries have already shifted towards renewables.

The European Union has outlined a roadmap on how it plans to achieve this in the next few years as well. Europe is on its way to a sustainable future by the number of countries all joining on the renewable power bandwagon.

All other countries need to quickly follow suit and it seems that they are. You would expect that third-world countries would be far behind in this movement. But they are just as if not more interested in converting to renewables. Developing nations are actually investing more towards renewable sources as it provided them a way to find an inexpensive source of energy for their population.

Through all of these combined factors, the world just may eliminate the need for archaic fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions by up to 95%! We can then move onto other ways of saving the planet.

Thank you for taking some time to read this article. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments in the section below.

Sources

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/renewable-energy-investment-developed-world-developing-world-ren21-report-a7058436.html

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/101446/20160921/china-wind-energy-turbines.htm

https://www.terrapass.com/10-facts-renewable-energy

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/03/02/electricity-prices-hit-10-year-high-cheap-wind-power-wanes/

https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/energy-strategy-and-energy-union/2050-energy-strategy

https://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/07/how-will-we-power-the-planet-in-2050.html

http://www.wwf.eu/what_we_do/climate/maximiser/

https://qz.com/1245048/portugal-generated-enough-renewable-energy-to-power-the-whole-country-in-march/

 

4 Comments

Jane September 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm

Great points! But there is one thing we have to take into consideration. While the initial cost of production is indeed less expensive, there are countries where the use of solar energy, for example, is not cheap for local households because of taxation. Clearly, there are countries or should I say governments that still favor the old way of producing energy and are not interested in giving any incentives towards renewable energy. We should demand our local representatives to look into renewable energies. It’s not that difficult, there are success stories to build on, so there is no excuse to remain passive.

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    Dira September 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Jane,

    You are absolutely right. In the end, it is the people that have the power to make the change and the government is there to represent the people, not corporations. How can we make the change? By supporting these initiatives. I know there are countries where eco-friendly products are expensive but there are other countries where they sell at cheap/reasonable prices. Merchants can buy from these countries instead. As the marketplace realizes that these products have value for this generation, you will see more companies opening up offering more eco-friendly products.

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Dave September 17, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Interesting read! In addition, I believe that renewable energy, well solar energy, in particular, is perfect for the Caribbean and South America that receives enough solar exposure during the year. It will help especially during hurricane season when rain and wind can cause damage to the power grid as it happened with Puerto Rico

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    Dira September 18, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Dave,

    Great point! Indeed this part of the world is more exposed to the sun for longer periods of time which make it the perfect place. You would think that most of the countries have embraced it but unfortunately, that is not the case yet. While there are some countries that have a strong commitment to preserving nature like Costa Rica, others are very passive in regards to the implementation of solar energy. In the meantime, even countries in Europe are already embracing solar energy and they are not as exposed as the Caribbean and South America.

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