Singapore 12th September 2010
Some subjects become repetitive, but then so is our life! I am not talking about ground hog day, but about issues regarding lighting and more specifically those “green” ones to safeguard our environment. I have blogged about it before, but as it is a subject close to everyone’s mind nowadays it is not surprising it keeps popping up. The South Australian government recently reported back on the progress and success of their green initiatives. The “green” movement is definitely breaking through in all layers of the society and fast becoming an accepted must have attitude for any developer or government authority.
The lighting related measures that have proven to be very successful in South Australia are the so called solar panel feed in scheme and the tax rebates on renewable energy projects. The newspaper reports that home owners who have installed solar panels on their homes get paid according to how much power they feedback to the states grid (I blogged before about the more equal payments being received for power feedbacks). According to the latest statistics the report says about 250 new solar installations are starting up every week! But the government does its part as well. The solar panels that were installed on the Adelaide Event and Exhibition Centre are now an official “power station” apparently producing 1 megawatt of electricity at any time! They target to have about 1/3 of the state’s electricity come from renewable resources within the next 10 years.
There are some more measures that relate to lighting such as solar passive design (daylight) and the use of sunlight reflecting materials as needed. Obviously low wattage light sources will also positively contribute to the air-conditioning systems. But I think that specifically tax rebates are a great way to attract not only developers but also the private sector to install renewable energy systems, such as solar and wind energy. We always feel we pay too much tax.
All these initiatives, some better working and more creative then others are gradually shaping our new world. It will be interesting to see how we look back on all these initiatives 20 years down the road…