Some years ago, governments from countries around the world met and agreed that something had to be done to reduce the level of carbon emissions on the planet to avoid detrimental environmental effects.
Scientists believe that icebergs are melting at a far higher speed due to temperatures in places like the Antarctic rising causing water levels to rise. This meant a re-evaluation of how countries generate things like electricity that has historically been achieved by using the likes of nuclear power stations, many of which required coal to power them.
Targets were introduced for countries to make significant reductions in carbon emissions by 2020. This prompted them to look for alternative renewable energy sources to generate clean electricity.
As a result, there has been a huge increase in the development of things like wind farms and solar panel farms to produce clean electricity. These two forms of energy production involved using wind and sunlight to generate electricity. Other ideas included using things like geothermal heat, tides and rain – all natural resources that do not produce any carbon emissions.
You only have to drive along the east coastline of Australia to see huge wind farms just off the coast with large wind turbines turning in the wind. Or, drive along a suburban street and notice numerous homes with solar panels sitting on top of roofs.
Big companies are playing their part in producing clean business electricity and are being well supported by their business electricity provider. For instance, there are solar panel farms being developed on a regular basis covering vast areas. These installations are either taking place on the roofs of the industrial or retail premises of many major companies or at ground level, covering many acres of land.
It is forecast that by 2020 there will be 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity requirement being produced by renewable sources, with this figure being the country’s renewable energy target. It is also forecast that by 2050, there will be somewhere in the region of $100 billion invested in the renewable energy sector.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has been created to provide $10 billion of finance to fund large commercial projects involving green energy that, in the past, may have struggled to raise the required finance. This will enable big companies to play an even bigger part in supporting the development of clean electricity schemes.
Of course, Australia is not alone in driving forward clean electricity projects. The same thing is happening in numerous other countries around the world, all of which have carbon emission targets to meet. Incentives are available to members of the public and businesses to switch to renewable energy, so you are likely to see the likes of solar panels and wind turbines more frequently over the next few years.
It has to be said that clean electricity is a positive move forward for all countries, providing peace of mind for our children and grandchildren.