The COP21 global agreement on international climate change made it clear to the world that a low-carbon future is imminent. The key to unlocking our sustainable future successfully will be the widespread production and availability of renewable energy. To meet global climate targets, we need to double the share of renewables in the world’s energy mix by 2030.
The tipping point for renewables is expressed by the term "grid parity," which is when renewables can be generated at the same of lower price than purchasing traditional (usually carbon emitting) power from the electricity grid.
Today, grid parity is reached in an increasing number of countries In January 2015 Deutsche Bank counted 40 countries with regions at grid parity. Even in the United Arab Emirates, where we would least expect it because of cheap and abundant oil, a huge solar power plant - the 13 megwattt DEWA plant - is being built.
The same Deutsche Bank study predicted that solar systems will be at grid parity in up to 80 per cent of the global market by the end of 2017.
That date is just around the corner, so what are we waiting for?
Positive and innovative developments prove that not only private homes but also businesses can go off the grid and generate 100% of their power needs with a combination of sun, wind, heat recuperation and ….top notch battery storage.
This is for example where the Tesla batteries come in.
The Napa valley Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has taken a number of its wineries off the grid thanks to the Tesla’s stationary energy storage solution.
To cover smaller needs, homes and businesses can rely on the very smart-looking Tesla Powerwall.
In the brand new Radisson RED Brussels, we combine innovation and responsible business with the installation of a Tesla Powerwall battery in the lobby. The Tesla Powerwall stores renewable energy of 20 solar panels. It powers the video wall in the lobby and gives extra power to the hotel grid. So Radisson RED plugs into the solar network 24/7. This is the first Tesla Powerwall installed in any business in Belgium.
Larger scale renewable energy installations can be found in an increasing number of Carlson Rezidor hotels around the world such as the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel Stockholm, the Radisson Blu resort Gran Canaria, the Radisson Blu hotel Nairobi Kenya and the Park Inn by Radisson Tete, Mozambique.
I believe the hospitality industry can and should lead the way and contribute to the green energy revolution.
So, stay tuned for more best practice stories!