Comments on: Tuvalu turns to solar energy – against rising seas http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Eliwagar1 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-345482 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:54:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-345482 This is a pretty cool story, it amazes me how serious people can be about green energy when their part in the environmental decline is miniscule at best. They might not consume energy on a large scale but their commitment is commendable.

Their are a lot of projects that are in motion in the US right now, but it’s still just a small dent in the energy we consume on a day to day basis. I don’t think people actually realize just how much energy we are consuming as a nation. Their are websites like solar energy facts that you can read about it. It truly is staggering how much work is ahead of us to be free of the fossil fuel.

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By: jacktimber10jt http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-344671 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 12:38:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-344671 It’s great that solar is more affordable then ever. As many here have suggested, it’s always best to shop around and compare quotes. Plus there are differences in solar panel manufacturers, mounting and other equipment. It might not require as much research and planning as redoing a kitchen, but you should at least know what is going to be on your roof for the next 25 years.
You can search and compare options at FreeCleanSolar.com . They have a directory of local solar panel installers representing most every solar panel brand including Sunpower, Kyocera, Sharp, Evergreen and Sunwize. You can also find information about state solar rebates, federal tax credits, solar financing and leasing, system costs and the benefits of going solar. The bottom line is that many homeowners and business owners can afford solar power today.

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By: Hussain Habeeb http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-340577 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 07:31:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-340577 Faced with many environmental challenges, as a citizen of the Republic of Maldives, we urges the International Community to help us in every manner.

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By: redhin http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-340571 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 17:47:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-340571 “Aren’t these islands volcanic? Why don’t they use geothermal instead of wind driven bird choppers and solar panels which will be pounded into junk with the first storm? Green is great but shouldn’t they also consider pay-back shown on the business model, which is — never.” I quote the best

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By: Fred Magyar http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-340514 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 11:19:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-340514 Ima Beleafer,

“Why don’t they use geothermal instead of wind driven bird choppers and solar panels which will be pounded into junk with the first storm?”

Just as food for thought, high rises and domestic cats kill orders of magnitude more birds than wind turbines. Maybe we should start by eliminating those.

Re your second point, I work with a Solar Engineering company in south Florida and I can assure you that we design major installations to withstand 150 mph winds (Cat 5 hurricane) and direct impacts from flying debris.
We also factor in payback into our installations.

Oh, I have no issue with geothermal maybe you can get a few science and engineering degrees and get a job implementing them. Knowing what you’re talking about does raise your credibility a notch or two.

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By: Gamini s Greener Globe http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-340511 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 10:16:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-340511 If all these EST ( Environmentally Sound Technologies ) backed projects get going, I can assure you that existing Fossil Fuel Technology dependency will be diminished in a considerable way to keep the Mother Earth greener than ever ..

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By: Ross http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-340509 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 08:28:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-340509 So if Tuvalu or the Maldives can go green, so can others?

Not if everyone else needs to borrow the same level of money! Whilst $20 million isn’t much when it comes to developed nations’ spending plans, scale that up across the entire Pacific and it would be another story.

Having said that, if the Pacific islands could be greened without the inhabitants feeling that they had to pollute everything to within an inch of its life first, just as developed and developing nations have, then it would be quite a step forward in terms of finding paths to better living standards without jeopardising not just the global environment but the local one too.

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By: Alister Doyle http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-340508 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 08:21:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-340508 I agree with Barrie that we should look at other types of green energy though I guess that wind and solar power are the most obvious ones for tropical islands (they were the ones mentioned by the Tuvalu government in a statement): wave power is a good idea but it seems hard to build system that don’t break up in storms, etc?
And I like your offer, DerBart — the Dutch should make a fortune advising how to keep nations going even below sea level. But I’ve read that it’s hard to build sea defences for coral atolls like Tuvalu; the corals crumble too easily under extra weight. Maybe the Dutch have a solution to that too…

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By: Roger from Solar Power Facts http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-340503 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 03:32:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-340503 Twenty million is barely even pocket change for a developed nation. Obviously Tuvalu doesn’t need that much electricity so they are ideal to become a model of green energy on a national level. The separated nature of the islands also points to the strengths of solar power, being its ability to be used in a decentralized manner.

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By: Ima Beleafer http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/07/20/tuvalu-turns-to-solar-energy-against-rising-seas/comment-page-1/#comment-340498 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 23:14:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13538#comment-340498 Aren’t these islands volcanic? Why don’t they use geothermal instead of wind driven bird choppers and solar panels which will be pounded into junk with the first storm? Green is great but shouldn’t they also consider pay-back shown on the business model, which is — never.

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