Solar Cities Congress 2008

Adelaide, the city where I live, hosts the Solar Cities Congress this year.

The goal of this congress is:

The objectives of the International Solar Cities Initiative are to support UN energy and climate policies by stimulating the interest of cities into becoming benchmark cities that commit to ambitious emission reduction goals; help cities systematically integrate renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and industries into environmental, economic and city planning; and provide scientific support for the validation and design of effective measures and policies for Solar Cities.

I did check out the possibility of attending this however, it costs about $1200 which was a bit dear and then I had to take leave for atleast 3 days which was tough.

Anyway, today I walked into the Adelaide Convention Center where the sessions where conducted. Today is the business day sessions including Keynote address by Robert F. Kennedy Jr in the afternoon. The convention center is located right beside our office building. Most of the sessions were in progress and I picked up some pamphlets and brochures which were freely available.

There were people from all over the world. I saw a large number of young people which was very encouraging. As expected there were carbon offsets advertisements for $5 per attendee. There was strict security and I could not spend anymore time.

As I wrote yesterday, there is a growing interest from consumers to move towards solar electricity is growing. This congress may bring about more business offerings in this area. For those interested, I found an interesting presentation on Geothermal Energy by petratherm.

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