Solar Energy Powered Cities
With the current speed of technological advancement it is clear that our civilization is heading for the new era of solar energy, when theoretically every city can become a self-sustained and environmentally friendly community. This technological leap forward can not only trigger the worldwide expansion of alternative energy sources, it will not only make our planet greener, but also safer for our children. Our children may have an opportunity to have all the time in the world to stay creative and contribute to the society instead of struggling to survive, like it was (and still is in most parts of the world) in the era of fuel powered engines when one had to work like a slave to pay for utility bills.
However, this new life is no longer a dream - there are solar powered communities in different parts of the world.
Fujisawa Smart Town
Fujisawa is probably the most well known city out there that is entirely supported by solar energy. There are no fuel driven cars - citizens either drive electric cars or ride bicycles. Even the electricity used to charge cars is produced from solar panels that are installed outdoors.
It is said that the citizens can track their energy consumption statistics online, which motivates some of them to stay nature friendly all year long. This allows them to keep their electricity savings up to 100% at times, but this is not the only thing that has been taken care of: it is also water consumption that has been lowered by 30% thanks to the use of advanced technologies.
Fujisawa is definitely a great place to live and raise children with a good example to give to many other town communities in Japan as well as in other parts of the world.
The green town of Malmö
Sweden is one of those countries that have always been ahead of others in many areas of technological development, including the smart use of alternative energy.
Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden, as well as one of environment friendliest communities in the world. It is not only the houses that have solar cells installed, it is also the public transport of Malmö that is fueled with bio gas that is, in its turn, produced from recycled household waste. In addition to household electricity, solar energy produces heating and delivers the excesses of the produced energy to other parts of the country.
Freiburg is a considerably small city in South - Western part of Germany with a population of a little more than 200,000 people.
The Freiburg community has gone green already years ago, so the investments made several years back have definitely paid off by now. As heard from the interview given by a house owner, the amount of energy produced is thrice as high as the amounts consumed. This allows the environmentally friendly house owners to earn money by sharing the abundant solar energy with other households or even governmental institutions.
Masdar City is a brand new environmentally friendly city which is being designed in United Arab Emirates. Masdar City is an example of populated self sustainable oasis of the future in the desert. The construction of the first part of the city is planned to be completed by 2015.
Babcock Ranch, which is located in Southwest Florida, is an example of 100% solar powered city in North America. However, the project got stalled some time ago due to governmental issues "and the first homes are now not expected until 2015," according to Wikipedia. (1) Following the example of Fujisawa, the mobility in Babcock Ranch is planned to be bicycle friendly and based on purely electric vehicles.
Following the example of these cities, I think it is just about time to start planning greener and safer future on Earth by transforming homes into self sustainable and environmentally friendly entities. Whether it is solar or wind energy, it will definitely pay off in the future and give good example to other people... maybe even neighbors, who may come up with ideas of creating a new green community in the neighborhood. Why not give it a try? This idea may start growing like a domino effect within several years, encouraging more and more people to join. Going green in Freiburg was expensive years ago, but who knows, maybe already by 2017 there will be a green community in every country on Earth and this will transform our civilization into something more.
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