Wind in Scotland and sun in Hawaii: stories of climate hope

If you live in Hawaii, you can use solar power at night

Hawaii has just switched on a giant solar park and battery storage combo. The panels produce electricity during the day, which the batteries store to use in the evenings. There’s quite a bit of solar in Hawaii already (replacing dirty and expensive oil), so the batteries are a great way to make sure power is consistently available. Plus this huge park will help the state towards their target of going 100% renewable by 2045.

Offshore wind power is cheaper than coal and nuclear!

Offshore wind is something of a new kid on the block when it comes to energy sources, but it's already muscling in on the big boys. It already produces 5% of UK electricity, and in the last five years the price has cut in half. Now large sites with good wind speeds are rivalling the cost of nuclear and coal.

Scotland was ⅔ powered by wind this February

Wind powered ⅔ of Scotland’s homes, businesses and industries last month! The turbines saved over 1m tonnes of carbon emissions and produced 40% more power than they did last February. On a few "100% days", wind produced all the electricity Scotland needed. It’s not just Scotland, on 22nd February, Denmark ran on 100% wind, too.

Bristol Uni just promised to sell investments in fossil fuels and invest in clean power.

Bristol university will be selling investments in thermal coal, oil, gas or tar sands by next January. And even better, they’re reinvesting the money in companies that’ll reduce CO2 emissions. They’ve already started by investing £3m in companies that help their local communities and the environment.

Banner photo: Andrew, creative commons.