The Van Nuys Airport, operating under the Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) made waves by unveiling not one, but six solar power solutions it plans to implement in the coming years, making the Los Angeles airport a pioneer in sustainable solutions. One tenant of the airport group caught everyone’s attention in unveiling the start of the installation of a solar canopy and rooftop, guiding six other airport business tenants to announce their goals to implement similar solar solutions, paving the way for the Van Nuys to stand at the forefront of the industry on the road (or runway) to renewable energy being integrated into every facet of society, be it business or pleasure, home or travel.
Of the additional tenants who took the moment to step up and state their intentions was Valley Sod Farm, poised to have the largest ground-mount solar system in the LA Basin territory of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The Airport is a recent development in a long and fast-growing movement for businesses and communities to become more energy friendly and self-sustaining. From transportation to occupation, here are just some of the recent developments in clean energy and sustainable energy source wins on a worldwide scale.
For one, Kia and Hyundai have announced the introduction of solar panels integrated into the roofs of the vehicles to contribute to battery charge, converting solar energy to charge the car’s battery. This would be a feature in electric cars as well as being integrated into hybrid and internal combustion systems, introducing more clean energy into the processes and therefore the roads as a whole, creating a cleaner worlds and more long-term power solutions to answer the call of energy consumption as technology grows the need for additional power can be met by battery storage for solar
Other companies have found power solutions in renewable energy are also better for long term operations. The Coalville Amazon site in Leicestershire, a recently built amazon distribution centre, aims to create power solutions in its community by pioneering a foray into widespread solar power use for a distribution centre that uses large amounts of energy at all hours of the day. The solar system that has been installed is estimated to eventually generate a third of the overall power needed for the site to operate, which is no small feat given the scale of operations in Amazon fulfilment and distribution centres. And the progress won’t stop there; the Tilbury fulfilment centre is said to be planned with a battery nearly twice its size and volume.
Recent analysis shows that sustainable energy is the least expensive it’s ever been, and further research shows that solar and wind power specifically are the least expensive energy sources available in nearly each country in the world. French energy companies have contributed to an overall increase of 39% of all energy generated being generated from solar power, and French energy company EDF has joined with BBOX to bring energy to developing areas across Togo. Spain has also expressed intent to replace all energy generation with sustainable sources by the year 2050.
The world seems to be moving together, from pioneering airports to entire countries paving the way, and the direction is towards sustainable energy sources, one panel and windmill at a time.