World Cup to Lead Us to Clean Energy?

Going green, Solar power — By Stephanie on July 8, 2010 at 12:36 am
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The World Cup 2010 is bringing us together in more ways than one

For football fans (soccer here in the U.S.) worldwide, the World Cup 2010 has been thrilling to watch the past several weeks.  I’ll admit that at my home, when we haven’t been at Little League tournaments over the last month, we’ve been glued to the television, watching some exciting matches.  Maybe even playing our vuvezelas!

But sportsmanship aside, would you believe me if I said the World Cup could lead us to clean energy?  Its true.

In the largest slum in Africa, Kibera, Kenya, people have been watching the World Cup on solar-powered television.  Even though this impoverished region lacks electricity and running water, the excitement of one of the largest world-wide sporting events has been brought into the living rooms of locals in Kibera.

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The Netherlands celebrate in the World Cup 2010

Solar powered television is one way that regions worldwide are matching energy demands with renewable, clean energy.  As populations increase and technologies require more and more power, it becomes ever more apparent that we need solutions for the future.  But there’s nothing like major international sporting events (the World Cup, Wimbleton and the Tour de France) to bring us together in this effort.

Even though the U.S. has lagged behind other countries when it comes to clean energy investment, stories like this one about the World Cup could (and should) spur additional growth.   Consider this information:

  • Investment in clean technologies declined 33% in 2009 in the U.S.
  • During the same time period, clean technology investment climbed 37% to $39 billion in Asia.
  • From 2005 to 2009, China invested $34.6 billion into wind, solar and other renewable energy sources.
  • During the same period, the U.S. put out only $18.6 billion.

These statistics could change under a new clean energy and climate bill being considered by the U.S. Senate.  Renewable energy investors should have additional confidence when it comes to investing in clean tech companies as a result.  Some commentators are even suggesting that the lead the United States takes could spur on similar measures in Cancun, Mexico where leaders worldwide will meet in November 2010 to consider a global climate agreement.

Perhaps we may not agree on who should win the World Cup, but at least we can move towards clean energy benefits for the entire planet as a result!

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