Green energy, as a whole, is becoming more affordable for business owners and homeowners. Solar energy is by far the most prominent due to the availability and price. With that being said, it is no surprise that there are many solar initiatives taking place across the world.The list below is a snapshot of some initiatives happening around the globe.
Sanyo’s Solar Ark
After Sanyo’s scandal involving their monocrystalline cells, the company sought to make amends using the very materials that were destined to be garbage. Sanyo built a 1,033ft ark that produces over an astounding 500,000 kWh per year. The ark may have been built to make up for a mistake, but the sheer amount of power it provides makes up more than just amends. Not to mention, within the ark there is a solar museum, as well as, a Sanyo laboratory where solar technology of the future is being built.
U.S. Clean Energy Programs
All over the United States, there are clean energy programs that offer either tax breaks or free solar services to homeowners and businesses. The initiatives are made possible by the individual state governments, so unfortunately, there is not a country wide clean energy program as of yet. Regardless, many homeowners are opting into solar power for the benefit of the earth and their wallets.
The Vatican is quite literally a solar powerhouse. As of right now, the Vatican houses the largest solar plant in all of Europe. Not too bad for the smallest country in the world. The Catholic Church spent over $660 million to build a 100MW solar installation. This is enough power to cover all of Vatican City. The majority of the installation currently sits on a 740-acre site near Santa Maria di Galeria. There are also additional small solar panels scattered throughout the city.
China’s Solar Office Complex
China has created a 75,000 square m fan-shaped building that is the largest solar-powered office building in the world. As the world leader in solar cells, China had to do something large. The fan-shaped building takes some influence from the shape of a sundial to save 30% more energy than their national standard. The building itself houses all solar powered exhibition centers, scientific research facilities, meeting rooms, and even a hotel. It’s quite an impressive feat that stands as a statement for the immediate need to step away from fossil fuels and into green energy.