Solar power is becoming more and more ingrained in the global infrastructure each year, as countries turn to the power of the sun to provide energy resources. All over the world, solar fields, roads and plants are popping up, showing just how important solar power is to the earth’s sustainability. Below are some examples of different countries around the globe and how they are contributing to the solar power movement:
France– France just became the first country to open a solar road. It is still in the testing phase right now, so only about a kilometer of the pavement has been fitted with solar panels, but the plan is to slowly add more over time. The idea is to use the energy generated to power street lights for about 3,400 homes. While the installation wasn’t cheap, about $5.2 million dollars, it could help to save the country’s energy problems over the long-term.
Philippines– The country just announced that it will begin construction this year on a solar panel manufacturing plant. The factory is expected to be one of the biggest in the world and will build solar panels that can serve a capacity of up to 2 gigawatts. In addition to contributing to the declining reliance on coal powered energy, the project is generating over 6,000 jobs and will fully operate on solar power itself.
Nepal– Kathmandu just launched Neo Solar Power (NSP) that will manufacture solar panels for the the residential market. They will be using the same technology that America and over 50 countries throughout Europe, saying that they will even charge with low sunlight.
Rwanda– A $23.7 million dollar solar field was constructed outside of the capital, Kigali, within view of Lake Mugesera. About 28,360 panels were installed over fields, and tilt to track the sun’s movement from east to west. This computer tracking technique has helped to improve the solar panel’s efficiency by over 20% (compared to stationary panels). The project has generated over 350 jobs and helped to power 15,000 homes, in a country that was in great need of energy resources.
Costa Rica– A luxury residential development will be installing 10kW systems for the residences, which is expected to offset 100% of each home’s energy costs. The overall system installed is expected to offset 977 tons of CO2. The country had to take into account the close proximity to the ocean, which could cause corrosion due to the high amount of salt in the air. The panels were double coated and anodized, making it the best choice for a coastal community.