In a world full of cities where millions of tons of trash are deposited every hour, certain countries have decided to change for the better of our planet, and are now powering towards 100 percent green energy. As a result, these countries are making a massive change in the environment, and are also setting an example for other nations around the globe. Here are the top 10 countries running on renewable energy.
The United States, being one of the largest consumers of energy overall, is also one of the countries using the most renewable energy in the world. With thousands of solar and wind farms being installed, producing energy equivalent to millions of tons of oil produced power, the US has been a great supporter of green energy over the past few years, and has been growing its network of renewable energy resources with every passing year.
Owing to the sunny climate, Australia has always had a great potential for producing great amounts of green power, and is now gaining momentum to reach the top spot for the countries running on renewable energy. The country has installed thousands of solar panels and wind turbines only in the past year, and is moving towards even greater numbers as its share for using green energy moves up to 5% of all the renewable energy being consumed around the world.
A rare sight having a developing nation being one of the leaders in converting to renewable energy, this east African nation hosts the largest wind farm in the entire African continent, and also is one of the forefront consumers of geothermal energy to power up homes and businesses across the country. A country that once needed to import foreign electricity is now moving towards a sustainable future and reaping the benefits of living a greener life.
Naturally one of the largest populations and the fastest growing economies in the world had to also be in the list. China has been known to create innovative solutions, and this is no exception. Hosting some of the largest solar farms, as well as is the largest manufacturer of wind turbines, China is not only powering itself on renewable energy but also supplying green resources to the rest of the world.
Another one of the fastest growing economies on the planet, Japan has more green electric stations than gas stations, and is producing over 10% of its total power through renewable means, and produces green energy equivalent to over 10 million tons of oil produced electricity.
Another nation that is still in the development phase, Costa Rica is surprisingly abundant in resources when it comes to renewable energy. With a population of only a few million, it has taken advantage of the ample geothermal, hydro-power, solar and wind resources available to produce most of the country, and aims to go completely carbon neutral by 2021. It is also one of the few countries that have achieved the feat of running on 100 percent renewable energy.
Although a country that was once known for having installed the most solar panels in one year, Spain has considerably lowered it’s position in the list of countries using green energy. It still, however, produces a hefty amount of renewable energy and is slowly regaining momentum and is producing over 10 percent of it’s power from renewable energy.
Owing to the constant windy weather throughout the year, the United Kingdom is one of the perfect places to set up wind farms, and that’s exactly what the energy companies have done. It is currently producing more electricity through renewable resources than through coal power stations, and on some days is able to power parts of the area on 100% renewable energy. Ireland has been particularly impressive, powering over 1.5 million households using wind energy.
One of the cleanest places in the world, Denmark has not only been known for people living a greener lifestyle, but also known for the wind farms which produce around 150 percent of the energy required by the entire country. Denmark is also one of the fastest countries working towards a carbon neutral footprint.
Not only is Germany one of the largest producers of renewable energy by number, but is also one of the largest producers of renewable energy by percentage, with one third of the total country running solely on green energy, far ahead of even the United States which powers just over 17 percent. Germany has been for long one of the most efficient users of energy, with many multinational businesses such as Siemens and Nordex leading from the front, which deservedly gives it the top spot for the countries running on renewable energy.