There is more news on the solar front from both Australia and around the world – and here are some of the latest headlines to keep us all up to date.
Australian Start Up’s Innovative New Solar Panels Worlds Most Efficient
The worlds most efficient solar panels now happen to be an Australian design. Well done to the innovative team at Australian Start Up Sundrive. Whilst the percentage increase in power these new solar panels represents is small, the aggregate difference to the amount of energy created is significant. All from a little Australian ingenuity. Read more about this solar innovation here.
Once the borders open up and we can travel again, how about adding the eco-friendly Lord Howe Island to your list? This small island off the coast of New South Wales made it to 5 days and nights using completely renewable power recently. The residents of Lord Howe Island are committed to making their World Heritage listed island as eco-friendly as possible and moving towards renewables is just part of the plan. For more information on this amazing achievement from Lord Howe Island, head here.
Raspberries plus solar shade structures equals bumper crop
A Danish raspberry farmer has created a new type of farm using solar structures – a combined solar and raspberry farm! This innovative approach to agriculture has been designed to allow protection, optimal light and growing conditions for the raspberry bushes by partially covering them with a perspex and solar panel shade structure. In addition to a bumper strawberry crop there has been significant solar energy production. Whilst the setup was expensive, this farmer is investing in the future of his farm and our planet. For more information on this solar innovation head here.
Is it Greenwashing or is it a real renewable commitment?
The term “Greenwash” refers to corporations making commitments to the environment. This refers especially to renewable targets, that have no or very little actual impact. At PV Structures we provide real opportunities for corporations to make a tangible and visible impact on the environment. We do this by converting their uncovered car parks to solar car parks. Therefore this conversion means that the organisation is generating their power on-site and taking responsibility for its renewables targets. The companies that we work with are not “greenwashing”; they are making real commitments that make a real difference to their renewable targets and the environment. To find out more about the term “greenwashing” head here.
At PV Structures we love that we can be a part of making that real difference to the environment. Our solar shade structures are often able to be financed with a PPA (Power Purchasing Agreement) which means that the environmental commitment doesn’t have to come from CAPEX budgets.