A new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the global nonprofit advocacy organization, has made a significant proposal: run the entire planet’s infrastructure on solar energy.
According to the study, which was formally published as part of the World Future Energy Summit held last week in Abu Dhabi, the economic roadblocks that would complicate such a plan are insignificant compared to the obvious payoffs. Only a fraction of 1 percent of the Earth’s surface would need to be installed with photovolatic (PV) solar panels to generate 100 percent of the forecasted demand for electricity by the year 2050.
The WWF report was conducted thanks to the combined efforts of a number of green-focused groups, including panel manufacturer First Solar and youth advocacy association Fresh Generation. The collaboration focused on developing economies as a good place to start the initiative, and envisioned large-scale solar projects popping up in Indonesia, Southeast Asia and Africa.
Speaking about the project, WWF officials lauded the publication as a big step forward toward a worldwide comprehensive effort to replace climate-threatening fossil fuel plants with eco-friendly solar arrays.
“As climate change increasingly threatens people and the natural world, it is more important than ever to work for the rapid and wide-scale adoption of well sited, responsibly operated renewable energy power facilities. Environmental protection and renewable energy can and are developing in parallel,” Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF’s Global Climate & Energy Initiative, said in a press release.
With the U.S. government doubling down on its efforts to support the domestic solar power industry and weekly announcements of new facilities, it’s quite possible that the next decades could see a big influx of renewable energy in American communities. Stay with the LifeIsGreen.com blog for more updates about these and other important developments.