Europe’s Renewable Energy V New Zealand
|November 5, 2012||Posted by Mike Smith under Renewable Energy|
One of the early forms of renewable energy was the Dutch Windmill. Many are still in use today and can be seen scattered around the countryside of Holland and other European countries. Their many uses included crushing of wheat, oats and other cereals and later they were used in industry.
People in general associate windmills with Holland, but they are in fact in a number of countries including Germany and Greece.
wikipedia.org shows several photos of Windmills from different countries click here to see them.
Renewable energy is coming into its own at long last. The continued use of fossil fuels and the power of oil companies have long delayed the research and development of natural means of energy but today we are seeing world leaders, namely Germany and China, forging ahead with
solar and windpower.
It’s predicted that by 2015, 75% of Germany’s energy will come from renewable sources. As you travel through the UK and Europe you will see huge numbers of residential houses and farm buildings, their roofs covered in solar panels. A residential roof with 16 panels can generate 8 kw with surplus going into the national grid.
Break-even cost can be recovered in 8-10 years at present day costings.
New Zealand claims to have 75% of renewable energy in use today and no intention of creating any new fossil fuel energy plants. Currently New Zealand has hydro from its rivers and wind and thermo-power, but for unknown reasons does not encourage its people to develop their own source of power i.e. solar panels with excess back into the national grid.
Countries in Europe are assisting their citizens in financing the installation of renewable energy in their homes while New Zealand’s electrical supply companies continue to increase costs to the consumer, who have little option but to comply and pay a high price for their power.
Long term it is to the advantage of governments to encourage their residential owners to erect renewable sources of energy and so reduce the cost of building new and expensive power plants.
Our government tends to think only of the time between elections and getting re-elected and it’s this type of thinking that is to the detriment of the country’s long-term electrical power supply.
Your comments are welcomed.
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