After launching the first community-owned solar farm company in Canberra, ACT in 2015, Founder of SolarShare Lawrence McIntosh says residents have more political power to demand for a push for renewables than they think – and getting involved through community-minded eco-friendly societies is a great place to start.
Africa and the Middle East with abundant solar radiation have crossed the threshold of the learning curve in harnessing solar power. The countries in the two regions are now moving towards what can be called potential powerhouses of the world, only if the momentum set by international collaborations and private participation sustains it.
The Indian Government has set a target to generate 100 GW from solar power by 2022 through solar farms, rooftop solar and off grid-solar plants construction in largely remote, rural communities. To do this, India is combining its commitment to create a sustainable renewables energy market with a social enterprise – to train, and empower women from disadvantaged communities to become solar entrepreneurs.