Every Thursday on MCL is (good) green news day. It’s when I give doom and gloom the beady eye by sharing a selection of the latest feel-good stories that have helped warm the cockles of my increasingly green heart (and which are inspiring me to live a better, greener life).

SA German school powered by the sun
(sagoodnews.co.za)

Solar Panels powering the German International School in Johannesburg

The forward-thinking German International School of Johannesburg has just installed a solar energy system that will enable it to:

“save 22 300kWh of electricity per year, reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by about 18 000kg a year and significantly improve its overall energy and environmental balance.”

According to sagoodnews.co.za, the installation comprises 12 photovoltaic panels on the roof which will generate over 5 300kWh of electricity a year – more than enough to power the school’s electronic devices whilst keeping a back-up battery system good and charged.

And it’s not just electricity that’s being generated – part of the system includes solar thermal collectors which will supply “hot water for the kitchen and the schools showers for up to 1 200 users per day.”

Brilliant! Here’s hoping the success of this project inspires other schools to follow suit.

And in other green news:

  • Deserts can supply solar power‘ Solar power from Africa’s deserts could supply all 600 million citizens currently without electricity and even export power to Europe. (news24.com)
  • Portugal’s Bold Renewable Push: World’s Biggest Solar and Wind Farms‘ Portugal set to build a solar farm big enough to supply enough energy to power 30,000 homes – one of many planned renewable energy projects. (treehugger.com)
  • Sainsbury’s to sell milk in a bag‘- UK retailer Sainsbury’s has started selling milk in recyclable plastic bags: a move that could “reduce milk packaging waste by up to 75 percent, which would remove an estimated 100,000 tons of plastic waste from landfills.” (hippyshopper.co.uk)
  • ‘Distribution of 30 pesticides prohibited in France’ France will withdraw 30 most worrisome substances from the market by the end of the year and another ten by 2010. (organic-market.info)
  • LG unveils ‘world’s most eco-friendly’ monitor‘ – LG’s new monitor (Flatron W2252TE, 22″ widescreen LCD) runs on a 45% reduction (40W) in power consumption compared with earlier models. (hippyshopper.co.uk)

Yep, so that’s it for this week. Hope y’all have good, green weekends!

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