In the post-COVID world, we’ll see a balance between what was and what is. Knowing this, we can identify what elements of our current lifestyles we want to push to the post-COVID world, focusing on the practices that would increase sustainability and resilience.
In response to COVID-19, we are seeing people change their choices from those of convenience to those of self-sufficiency. There has been an increase in solar panel and battery purchases -- great news for the climate!
Here, find reasons why building large-scale models for self-generated renewable energy would benefit our post-COVID world:
- We will see people continue to be self-sufficient in the ways accessible to them, learning habits throughout this pandemic that they will continue. Businesses should be catering to this desire for self-sufficiency.
- Due to work-from-home models and an incredible uptick in online streaming, there is a question as to whether our energy grids can withstand the demand.
- It’s less expensive than the costs of purchasing energy from a large, centralized model, which is a great incentive as people will be recovering from the pandemic’s financial impact.
- The maps displaying reduced air pollution throughout the world are inspiring, giving hope for a cleaner future.
Powerclub, an energy trading platform in Australia, offers a yearly membership-based program, (A) giving battery owners an easy way to sell their excess energy from solar power and (B) giving energy consumers without access to panels low prices on the clean energy they purchase from their peers. Powerclub likens the democratization of their product to Uber.