Renewable Energy Countries That Lead the Way – Top 7

There’s a lot of talk about renewable energy these days. In this article, we have elaborated on the economic benefits of investing in renewable energy. Here, we want to highlight the top 7 renewable energy countries that are doing a really great job at creating an infrastructure for sustainable and alternative sources of energy for their people.

And why not – the US Energy Information Adminstration (EIA) projects that by 2035, 14% of the total energy consumption in the world will be based on renewables. So this is as good a time as any to take the plunge.

Here’s a look at the Top 7 Renewable Energy Countries that Lead the Way towards a Sustainable Future.

#1: The United States
The USA is responsible for almost 24.7% of the total global investment in renewable energy. Barack Obama’s 8-year term as the President of the United States will be remembered for the massive steps taken by his government to promote renewable energy in the country. Under Obama, the United States has created a number of federal, state and local tax incentives for renewable energy companies. The USA has also been at the forefront of the efforts to fight climate change at the global level. We are impressed!

#2: China
China is one of the biggest investors in renewable energy. Chinese companies have been major innovators at renewable energy products. There are today tens of thousands of Chinese companies that create products for the “green economy”. The Chinese government has taken on a number of initiatives to promote alternative energy, such as fitting solar panels on the rooftops of schools in Beijing, and has worked very hard to create awareness about the need to protect the environment among children.

#3: Germany
Germany is one of the biggest investors in renewable energy in the world, responsible for 11.7% of the global investment in alternative energy sources. The country has also pledged to phase out nuclear power in favor of other safer and more sustainable sources. Germany is determined to be a leader in clean energies and is a major competitor to China in this.

#4: Spain
Spain is another country that has done pretty well in the alternative energy space. Already, most of the power plants in Spain are powered by wind energy. There are many Spanish companies that are building turbines and installing them on large wind farms across the country.

#5: Brazil
Brazil has been one of the earliest to recognize the value of clean energy. It is the biggest producer of biofuel such as ethanol. Brazil has also led in the development of technologies for solar water heating. The country has invested heavily in wind energy. The Brazilian government is very serious about ensuring a sustainable future for its citizens.

#6: India
India has a massive onshore wind infrastructure. The Indian government has pushed the private sector in the country to create clean energy products. There are plans to create 143 hydropower projects in the country with a power generation capacity of 20 GW in the near future.

#7: Mexico
Mexico is serious about alternative energy. The Mexican government has distributed as many as 23 million energy-saving LED light bulbs to its people for free. As many as 5.5 million households in Mexico use energy-saving bulbs, which helps them save an average of up to 18% on their power bills. The country has also made a serious effort to minimize its carbon footprint.

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Renewable Energy is the Future

Renewable Energy
Is renewable energy the future? Let’s think about it – how much longer do you expect the human civilization to exist? 500 years? 1000 years? 2000 years? Well, if humans are going to be around for so long, we better find an alternative to fossil fuels, because none of the fuels made from non-renewable sources of energy are going to last for too long. They will eventually be exhausted, and people will sooner or later have to depend entirely on alternative sources of energy.

Don’t trust policymakers, technocrats, or large corporations who act as though fossil fuels are going to last forever. They are not, and don’t get fooled by the current fall in oil prices. There may be an oil glut today, which has driven oil prices down, but how long will this last? We will soon be back to the days of oil costing $100 or even $200/ barrel.

And what about the implications of releasing CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere? Global warming is a real and present danger and it cannot be wished away. Unless the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases are brought down significantly over the next decade, there is nothing to stop a 2°C rise in the global mean temperature.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report recently where it showed how any rise in the global mean temperature that is over 2°C can have catastrophic consequences for the human civilization.

The question is not “if” we should be switching to renewable sources of energy but “when”. Well, the way things have been developing recently, we cannot really wait any longer.

If governments and large corporations fail to take active measures to save the planet and make the move to adopting renewable sources of energy – we the citizens should express our displeasure through the ballot boxes.

Vote out any politician or government that fails to comprehend the seriousness of the challenges faced by us, the citizens of the world. After all, it is our future and that of our children and grandchildren at stake.

Switching to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy can save lives. It can save the planet. What’s more – because of rapid advances in technology, there have been dramatic decreases in wind and solar prices over the last 5 years.

Apart from solar or wind energy, renewable energy sources include biomass, geothermal energy, hydrothermal (water) energy and more. No, renewable energy still cannot replace fossil fuels and the technology is not there for wind or solar energy to become primary sources of energy. But a gradual switch has to be made.

Scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk must be encouraged and supported in every way possible to come with new technologies and innovations that would lead to the mass adoption of renewable energy sources.

For example, efforts must be made so that electric cars such as those made by Musk’s Tesla Motors replace gasoline-powered cars on the road. As of now, this is not possible as there simply isn’t the infrastructure to support electric cars, such as the one for gasoline cars.

As more investment is made in companies that develop solutions based on renewable energy, we expect more jobs to be created, which would give a substantial boost to the economy. There are millions of people around the world who work in the renewable energy industry already. China has recognized the potential of “green technology” and has become the leading producer of green products and solutions.

Also, many of the oil producers are unstable countries run by autocratic leaderships that have been fuelling radicalism and religious extremism around the world. By switching to renewable energy sources, we could dramatically reduce our dependence on Saudi Arabian, Iranian or Russian oil, which would do wonders for our energy security and energy independence.

Sure, there are many naysayers who insist that renewable energy can never replace fossil fuels. Surely they would have known that countries such as Brazil, Norway and New Zealand already have a close to 100 percent renewable electricity? Denmark and Sweden are expected to achieve the same in just a few years.

There is no question that renewable energy is the future, and we are certainly moving in that direction. The change will be gradual rather than radical, but it is already happening.

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