Power generation on islands can be seen as windows into the future: While a complex of lobbyism, old-fashioned views on industrial power production, and security concerns regarding the stability of supply are slowing down renewable energies in large economies, renewables can show their strengths in smaller use-cases such as island installations. A well-planned concept can lead to a complete self-sufficient power supply just within years. The island of Samsø is a telling example that even exports energy to the mainland. But to be fair and honest: This prime example takes place in wealthy Denmark.
For the "average island", the economic conditions are usually not as good. Here, it is important to consider how the path to a turnaround towards renewable power production can be achieved by integrating the existing, conventional energy infrastructure. This saves both investment costs and CO2, as the existing diesel generator may only have to be put into operation a quarter of the time previously required. Similar to the automotive industry, hybrid solutions can also pave the way into a purely renewable future. With the strong price difference for solar panels and battery storage systems, this mixed solution offers opportunities even for financially weaker islands.
Worldwide, renewable energies score with low marginal costs, zero emissions and, in the long term, significantly lower electricity prices - not only on islands but also on the mainland. We should encourage and enable islands and remote regions beyond the world's electricity grids to be pioneers on the road to a future of 100 percent renewable energy.
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