Green Giants: 7 Countries Hit 100% Renewable Energy Milestone

It may soon be time to bury fossil fuels in the history books, according to the latest scientific reports.

Through the use of solar, hydro, wind power, and geothermal energy, the following seven countries now produce more than 99.7% of their electricity from renewable sources:

  • Albania
  • Bhutan
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Iceland
  • Nepal
  • Paraguay

Further statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) show that an additional 40 countries, including 11 in Europe, generated at least half their electricity from renewable technologies in 2021 and 2022.

Rethinking Energy Solutions

However, scientists who published this data have refuted the need for so-called “miracle technologies” in order to halt emissions. Instead, they have strongly recommended electrifying as many aspects of society as possible by utilising Wind, Water, and Solar (WWS).

This includes technologies such as onshore wind, solar photovoltaics, concentrated solar power, geothermal electricity, small hydroelectricity, and large hydroelectricity.

Other notable insights involved countries such as Germany, who have also managed to operate entirely on electricity generated from renewable sources for brief periods.

Scotland’s Renewable Energy Milestones

In 2022, renewable energy technologies in Scotland produced electricity equivalent to 113% of the country’s total consumption.

Not only have these figures have been described as record-breaking, but they also represent a significant step forward on Scotland’s path to achieving net-zero emissions. This highlights the vast potential of the nation’s superior renewable resources.

The Solar Dominance

Experts forecast that solar power will take precedence in global electricity supplies in the coming decades. However, at the time of writing, wind power is still the dominant source of electricity generation in Scotland.

Thanks to the introduction of perovskite, an innovative ‘miracle material’, there have been major improvements in solar cell efficiency. Furthermore, reductions in commercial costs have led researchers to determine last year that solar energy has crossed an “irreversible tipping point” and is poised to become the dominant global energy source by 2050.

Due to technological advancements influenced by prior policies, a global irreversible shift towards solar energy is likely. This will, in turn, gradually dominate global electricity markets without the need for additional climate policies.

With a cycle of increasing investments as well as being the most abundant energy resource on Earth, solar energy is seeing rapidly economic attractiveness.

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