Each day more we need to think on renewable energies to ensure reliable power supply to islands.
There are a lot of small island worldwide, and unfortunately due to effects of climate change, these regions are the most vulnerable worldwide, because of sea level rise and increasing extreme weather events such as tropical storms. That is why a transition to renewable energies is more urgent than ever.
The generation of energy dependency on many small islands, due to the dependence on fossil fuels from abroad represents very high costs.
Considering the economic and environmental impacts, because of full fossil reliance, the introduction of alternative energy technologies is of vital importance for all islands.
Although these islands are accounted just for a smaller part of the worldwide CO2 emissions, these regions will be most affected by the fall-out of climate change and are consequently dependent on a sustainable development.
Thanks to renewable resources, the required natural potential to switch to a clean energy supply is extensive. The location of small islands in the tropics allows for an outstanding and reliable energy output of photovoltaic systems, for example. These days with the consistently falling costs of solar installations and improvements of the system performance, the path is eased.
Several small islands have already taken measures towards a shift to renewables, such as the Pacific Islands Samoa and the Cook Islands aiming to reach 100 % renewable energy supply.
In the Caribbean, the government of the twin-island state Antigua and Barbuda has set an example for the region with its target to generate 20 per cent of the national required electricity by utilizing solar energy.
Island Power is pushing this development to more and faster, in order for islands to be able to contribute every day more to fight climate change for a greener economy.