Although the vision of roofs covered with solar panels can seem far away in cities like Lima, change could be closer than we think.
Lima, Peru - Although the vision of roofs covered with solar panels can seem far away in cities like Lima, change could be closer than we think. WWF's office in Lima is the first urban WWF office in Latin America to be powered in part by renewable energy.
"Renewable energy in Peru is no longer a dream, it is a reality," says Mariela Canepa, Policy Director of WWF-Peru. "Our goal is a world powered by 100% renewable energy by mid-century - we're on the way.
Other countries with WWF offices powered by renewables include Australia, Belgium (2), Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (3), Guyanas, India, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Switzerland (2), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam. New projects for 2018 include the WWF offices in Colombia, Bolivia and Madagascar.
The solar panel system in Lima, with a generation capacity of 7kW, covers about 35% of the office's current consumption. By implementing energy saving practices, staff expect to reduce consumption and increase coverage to 70%.
Jean-Philippe Denruyter, project lead, said the initiative will help make WWF’s own operations more efficient while supporting the organization's global goal of a shift to renewable energy sources. Already, the project is seeing benefits. "Just three days after the panels were installed and we began an internal campaign to change habits, we reached moments of close to 100% coverage with solar," said Denruyter. "Our global goal is that by 2020, 25% of the electricity of our offices around the world will come from solar."
"WWF's solar projects are part of a comprehensive strategy to boost energy efficiency at every level. "As the climate warms and solar energy becomes more affordable, we know fossil fuels are on the way out", says Canepa. "But there is still a lot of resistance. The best way to propose alternatives is to show that they are accessible, that they work and that they are here... and we want to do it by example."
- In 30 years, renewable sources could meet global energy demand.
Source: WWF Energy Report
- Despite enormous potential, in Peru renewable energies provide less than 3% of energy.
Source: Peru Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM)
- At least 6% of the Peruvian population still has no access to electricity.
Source: World Bank