Is there a sustainable future for solar energy?

Written by Clive Reffell

Sep 28, 2016

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In July 2016 US President Barack Obama announced plans to bring more solar energy to American homes, with a focus on a 10-times increase on the alternative energy for low- and moderate-income households. “Today we’re offering even more families and communities the chance to choose cleaner sources of energy that save you money and protect the planet for all of us” he said.

This is clearly an important issue, as demonstrated by statistics from Quora, the online crowdsourcing platform where anyone can post their own questions to gather information and wisdom from experts in every field possible who are willing to answer them.

“Is solar energy sustainable?” generated several thoughtful and well researched replies, some of them read by hundreds of people. “What is the future of solar energy?” generated nearly fifty replies, some written by industry leaders and read by thousands of people.

“Energy and Sustainability” is the theme of Day Four of CSW Europe 2016 covering actionable topics in crowdsourcing, open innovation, the collaborative economy and crowdfunding that are increasingly rewriting the rules in every sector. It takes place November 21-25 in Belgium’s capital city Brussels. It will be a fascinating and fast-paced day – like all the others – with focused 20 minute presentations from leading industry experts and lively on-stage panel discussions. At refreshment breaks and end-of-day events delegates will be able to network with each other and speakers alike. Click here for a full Agenda.

Francois Sonnet“Solar Power for generations to come” will be presented by Francois Sonnet, co-founder of SolarChange. In his own words “we are plugging the sun to the blockchain! SolarCoin is a blockchain reward programme for solar owners and is active worldwide and distributed at the rate of 1SLR/MWh of proven solar energy. We are currently integrating SolarCoin onto several solar monitoring platforms, including the Sunspec Alliance, Smappee, Tecsol, TheSunExchange and Lumo-France.”

He continued: “SolarCoin has been recognized by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, as an independent tool for rewarding solar installation owners worldwide and the SolarCoin Foundation is also a recent new member of SolarPowerEurope. We are also listing SLR on Swiss Exchange,, so this means that in effect, solar owners or crowdfunders will be able to exchange their SolarCoins directly and we are working closely with partners to enable spend/use/transact for goods and services in SolarCoins such as the Coinomi mobile wallet application.”

Crowdsourcing Week’s “Energy and Sustainability” day on 24 November will look beyond just solar energy to also cover energy decentralisation, the direction of energy transition and crowdsourcing to improve energy efficiency. Tickets are available here.



About Author

About Author

Clive Reffell

Clive has worked with Crowdsourcing Week on sourcing and creating content since May 2016. With knowledge and experience gained in a 30+ year marketing career based in London, UK, he operates as an independent crowdfunding advisor helping SMEs and startups to run successful crowdfunding projects, and with wider social media and content marketing issues.

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