Renewables are the solution for 1.6 billion people

I already blogged about it : 1.6 billion people still have no access to electricity in the world today. This is a huge problem as it prevents them from getting out of their most abject poverty.

Since fossil fuels are getting more and more expensive, the solution relies in renewables as the cost of implanting huge electricity grids throughout Africa and Asia to reach small villages here and there would be huge.

Solar panels can be installed on roofs, wind turbines in nearby fields. Leapfrogging technology has already been done in poor countries as they accessed mobile phones.

Many people believe ( including Thomas L. Friedman) poor nations can do it again in their access to electricity. Juan Cole has an interesting article on his blog on the very matter. Please check it out. (via Grist)

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Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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2 Responses

  1. renewable love at its best..
    we can only hope money is listening; the fastest way to initiate action is to dangle a profit carrot in the climate change winds..most businesses will not install anything unless financial returns are assured.

  2. Edouard says:

    Thanks for your comment Nadine.

    This is why we need an international price on carbon. The sooner the better 🙂

    This way fossil fuels will be even more expensive, and the money could go to the promotion of renewables, thus dangling ” a carrot profit “…

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