May 14, 2010 — The Falkland Islands is one of the cleanest nations in the world and it's all thanks to renewable energy.
Can you imagine getting 60 percent of your energy from wind turbines? For people in the Falkland Islands, there's no other way.
Most residents live in the country's capital Stanley, where six wind turbines provide energy to just over 2,000 people. Up until recently, the town relied on diesel generators for electricity, but after wind power was brought into the picture, fuel consumption has dropped significantly.
“The only way we can sensibly compare ourselves to anywhere else in the world, any other country in the world is in percentages,” says power station manager Glenn Ross. “And last year we were 21 percent renewable, which is terrific. We are well on the way to being 40 percent renewable, which is fantastic in world terms.”
Especially when you consider other countries. Ross notes that the United Kingdom, for example, are less than one percent. “There are other countries that are doing better and others who are doing absolutely nothing,” says Ross.
The weather also plays a big role in this system. The region sees pretty ferocious winds, so it's something that's been considered for around 30 years. The only draw back was always the variability of weather patterns. Now, the system has made an idea, a reality. It's able to control the rotation of the turbines and curtail the amount of power it produces.
And it doesn't end there.
The next 'green' item on the agenda is an industrial battery. Plans are in place to install a large battery that can store power from the turbines.
The Falkland Islands is now one of the most efficient users of clean energy in the entire world.
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