We love to hear about some of the innovative ways solar power is being used here in Australia and around the world; and last year did not disappoint, with some great projects and initiatives that will reduce our carbon footprint now, and in the future. Here are some of Suntrix’s favourite news stories from 2015:
Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi in March following 13 years of research and development. It is the first solar-powered aircraft that can stay in the sky for several days and nights.
In August Google launched Project Sunroof – mapping the world’s solar potential one roof at a time. The tool provides homeowners with the ability to understand if switching to solar will save them money. Project Sunroof will be rolled out across the US before launching in other countries, however there is something similar already available here in Australia called the Live Solar Potential Tool
Whilst not a new concept, the solar carport installed at a shopping centre in Brisbane is the first of its kind in Australia. The managing director of Shakra Energy estimates that the Buranda project will save the shopping centre $25,000 a year – as well as offsetting around 142 tons of carbon dioxide annually
Ikea announced that thousands of Syrian refugees entering Jordanian camps will have electricity at night time from solar farms that will be built thanks to proceeds from their Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign. Having light in the evenings will make the camps safer places and will allow children to study after dark.
A year after a town in the Netherlands installed the world’s first solar-paneled bike path, the company behind it announced that it was generating much more electricity that originally expected. The project has generated much interest around the world as in theory if all new roads built included solar panels they would pay for themselves from the energy savings made.