They make it look so simple!
Some of these islands look absolutely gorgeous. And they are investing in renewable energy in order to provide sustainable energy.
Below are pictures but here is a quick look at some of their accomplishments.
#1 – Eigg Island has the first completely wind, water and sun-powered electricity grid in the world.
#3 – Samso – won a government competition to become a model renewable energy community. An offshore wind farm comprising 10 turbines (making a total of 21 altogether including land-based windmills), was completed, funded by the islanders. The people of Samsø heat their homes with straw burned in a central heating system and they power some vehicles on biofuel which they also grow. Now 100% of its electricity comes from wind power and 75% of its heat comes from solar power and biomass energy (wikipedia)
#5 – Believe it or Not! According to the current solar policy on Bonaire, customers are not allowed to connect installations to the grid.
#9 – The Vader Piet Windpark is situated on the island of Aruba. In fact in 2012 – The Government of Aruba and the Carbon War Room (CWR), have announced a partnership to transition the island to 100 percent renewable energy. source: ases.org
Which island would you want to live on?
Islands in different parts of the world are investing in ambitious renewable energy projects and choosing to live off the grid. Take a look at 9 islands that are giving us hope that a better future is possible.
1. Eigg Island, Scotland
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Eigg Island is the only place on earth that is 100 % self-sustainable. The residents of this island have proved to the world that it’s possible to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
2. Lasqueti, Canada
Lasqueti is located a few hours away from Vancouver island. Interestingly, some residents use solar panels and wind mills to satisfy their electricity needs, while some choose to live without electricity.
3. Samso, Denmark
Samso or Samsoe is located 15 km off the Jutland peninsula. Since 1997, Samso has been aiming to become a renewable energy community. Energy supply comes from biomass and wind energy. However, their long term plan is to become a fossil free island getting rid of oil, coal and gas by 2030.
4. Reykjavik, Iceland
Reyjavik uses only 19% energy from fossil fuel sources and the rest of it comes from from geothermal and hydrogen power. Today, this is the greenest city in the world and it’s going to become an example for the rest of the world.
5. Bonaire, Netherlands
They started with building a wind farm, biodiesel plant and backup battery. Additionally, this island promotes eco-tourism and is a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling.
6. King Island, Australia
King Island is located in the Bass strait, between Australia and Tasmania. In 2013, these islands comfortably survived periods of zero diesel operation.
7. Solomon Islands
The government has planned a scheme that allows locals access to solar, wind and hydro energy. More than 200 varieties of orchids and tropical flowers are found here.
8. El Hierro, Canary Islands
With the help of financial aid from the European Government, a local body has invested in a hydro and wind power project.
Aruba plans to use alternative sources of energy, instead of fossil plans. In fact, the government announced that they are planning on making a sustainable resort. The (has) big plans to permanently shift to electric cars and start generating electricity through solar plants.