July 27, 2009

Tuvalu Tries to Save Itself With Solar Power

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The Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu has declared that they will try to run on 100% clean power by 2020. They have started by building a solar power system that now supplies the capital of Funafute with 5% of its energy. The 40kW system was built on the roof of one of their football stadiums and has already replaced about 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel and reduced their carbon footprint by 50 tons. All told the project will cost about $20 million to reach their goal.

Their efforts are even more admirable when you consider that Tuvalu is one of the places most affected by global warming. Its 10,000 inhabitants fear the sea level rise in coral atolls may put an end to their very existence on the tiny islands.

Via Tree Hugger

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at July 27, 2009 8:52 AM
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