Tuvalu plans to be first 100% solar-powered nation
"There may be other larger solar power installations in the world, but none could be more meaningful to customers than this one," said Takao Shiraishi, general manager of the Kansai Electric Power Company that helping implement the project.
"The plight of Tuvalu versus the rising tide vividly represents the worst early consequence of climate change. For Tuvalu, after 3,000 years of history, the success of U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen this December may well be a matter of national survival," he said in a press statement.
Obviously, taking an island only 10 square miles large and hooking it up to clean energy will do little to help slow rapidly increasing carbon emissions. However, inspiration comes in many flavors and watching one nation fight back for its very survival against climate change is truly awesome. Let's hope their plight -- and stalwart resolute to make to stand -- makes an impression this December in Copenhagen.