March 15, 2018

More Than 100 UK Cities Powered by Renewable Energy

While we are staunch champions of solar energy, we like to see the other (renewable) guys do well too. With that in mind, we’d like to share this massive bit of news that should go a long way in pushing the renewable energy movement forward.

New data published by the non-profit environmental research body CDP has shown that more than 100 cities across the world are now predominantly powered by renewable energy.

This marks a significant shift away from traditional fossil fuels, and the number of cities using renewables has doubled since 2015. Three years ago, CDP found that only 42 of the 570 cities currently in their books were using clean energy. Today, that number now stands at 101.

Of course there is still work to be done, but this should be recognised for what it is: a near-seismic shift in the right direction.

The Future of Renewable Energy

According to Nicole Bartlett, CDP’s director of climate change, this can be attributed to both the number of cities added to CDP’s system and a global recognition of the potential that renewables hold.

In a statement to press, Bartlett said: “This is a comprehensive picture of what cities are doing with regards to renewable energy.

“Reassuringly, our data shows much commitment and ambition. Cities not only want to shift to renewable energy, but, most importantly – they can.”

The cities featured in CDP’s report are diverse, demonstrating just how broad the scale is. Solar energy is now accessible for all, whether you’re a homeowner or a business of all shapes and sizes.

From Nairobi and Oslo to Auckland and Reykjavik, many major cities are making the switch. Reykjavik is a particular advocate; the Icelandic capital sources all of its electricity from hydropower and geothermal sources, and is even working to make all cars and public transport fossil-free by 2040.

There is progression closer to home, too. More than 14 UK towns have signed up to the UK100 government-supported target of 100% clean energy by 2050. Among numerous other local councils, the UK100’s newest recruits include Liverpool City Region, Bristol, Bury, and Peterborough.

Be Part of the Solar Movement

With this kind of progress, we can visualise a healthier, greener future for the UK. This is a future that solar energy is at the forefront of, so if you want to get involved then don’t hesitate a moment longer.

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