A big week for Solar in Ireland
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COVID-19 is awful. Climate change could be worse.
Bill Gates has posted a really interesting post on comparing COVID-19 to climate change. His exact quote to open was -
The world did not do enough to prepare for a pandemic. We can avoid making the same mistake with climate change by:
2. Making sure solutions work for poor countries too
3. Getting started now
The article is excellent and you can read that here. The reason we wanted to share it was to open people's eyes to the dangers of climate change. Climate change is happening at a rapid pace and I'm sure every person reading this has been floored by COVID and may not believe that climate change would or could affect us in the same way.
However, Bill Gates brought up the dangers of a flu pandemic in 2015. His exact quote from the Ted talk was -
“If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades it's highly likely to be a highly-infectious virus rather than a war. Not missiles, microbes.”
You can read about his talk here. So if this man who had predicted COVID essentially is more worried about climate change we should all listen.
The government has been slow to react and prepare for climate change and we can't depend on the government to do everything. Climate change starts with each individual and knowing that we can be self sufficient with energy should really spur people to move towards renewable energies. We can make a difference and it's time to dispel any misinformation and start adopting a cleaner future. The power has and always will be with the people.
A huge step in the right direction
Good news is not something we are hearing everyday but thankfully this week there is a major development in renewable energy and solar for Ireland. Nineteen new wind farms and 63 solar power projects have won contracts under the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS-1), according to provisional results of the scheme’s first auction.
This will be game changing for Ireland and our renewable energy targets and it really shows confidence in solar going forward. You can read more about the article here.
This is the investment needed in the times we are in, providing clean energy and jobs. Win win.
"Companies are stepping up too and being responsible"
Facebook have made huge solar and wind purchases in the US and Ireland to become 100% powered by renewable energy by the end of 2020. Yes, by the end of this year Facebook will be powered 100% by renewables. An amazing achievement and really showing its commitment to the planet. They probably needed some good press too 😀.
Restrictions to be lifted on limit of Solar panels in Ireland
Restrictions on the amount of solar panels which can be placed on the roofs of homes and businesses will be significantly eased under plans to increase energy efficiency being discussed in government formation talks. Read more here.
This amongst other things were discussed yesterday during a climate change session. There is also some hope with a new feed in tariff and selling back to the grid which would be a game changer for Irish solar. From the article -
There was also an emphasis on how to encourage a greater use of solar energy in homes and businesses, and creating a mechanism for allowing people to sell energy back to the national grid.
So it does seem as if Ireland is taking this seriously at the moment and is really trying to meet its targets and hopefully we some quick changes and new policies implemented. There should be a lot of news coming out from this meeting over the next week and we will cover all of it next week.
Pay back your solar in 7 years!
At Swyft Energy we have been featured in the Business Post discussing the newest developments in solar and in this article.
We discuss the proposed changes for planning, new initiatives and how the solar payback is now the lowest it has been in years. This will only improve going too so there has never been a better time to get involved.
Wind and solar produced 10% of global electricity in first half of 2020
Another positive title and another example proving that renewable energy is the future. The Irish times wrote an article explaining this new global record. Please read here.
"To keep a chance of limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees, coal generation needs to fall by 13% every year this decade," Ember senior analyst Dave Jones said in a statement with the report.
Coal still accounts for 33% of the world's energy needs and its production is dropping each year. Europe are leading the way in Solar energy at the moment but again there is a long way to go.
However, we can take this as good news and a starting point towards a cleaner future.
So there is lots there to think about and to celebrate. Again, we can all help create change and help save the plant from a disaster of our own creation. Please send on any questions, suggestions or stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to answer them in next weeks blog.