Life in 2017 is one that provides comforts generations before us could only have dreamed of. From the drip coffee machine, we use daily, to the TV we watch, to the chargers on our electric toothbrushes; US citizens are by far the foremost consumers of electrical energy. However, this daily glut of electricity takes its toll on the environment and does little in the way of conservation. And while we are able to charge our smartphones any and everywhere, much of the developing world still struggles with keeping the lights on. This is where solar energy and the development of solar panels comes in. China is the foremost producer of solar panels in the world, and their solar industry is expected to produce 25% more panels in 2017 than the last year, with projections showing that figure to rise exponentially every year following.
The solar panels being produced in China in 2017 will be more efficient and hold a capacity of 60 gigawatts, as opposed to maxing out at 48 GW in 2016. And what this means for those countries in need of solar energy is more bang for their buck, and the possibility of more homes in under-developed regions being served with electricity at cheaper rates.
This current surge in solar energy comes at a perfect time. Around the world, more than 2.5 Billion people do not currently have access to power, and for most of these people, power is generated through unreliable, environmentally un-friendly sources, such as toxic fossil fuels. This type of energy is non-renewable, and creates greenhouse gasses which devastate the air and environment, causing catastrophic issues with health and farming. With the use of solar panels, the energy would come from the sun’s rays, a completely renewable resource which isn’t depleting in any of our lifetimes. The best advantage of China’s solar panels is that they are not dependent on access to the electrical grid, which allows those in rural, undeveloped nations to still have electricity.
More Information Alicia Procello Maddox
As a corporation, the Avery Dennison Foundation has taken a great interest in assisting in the growth of women and their roles around the world. As with most of its work, the Avery Dennison Foundation and its president Alicia Procello Maddox, have focused their efforts on the women in the developing world. The role of women in under-developed countries is usually that of a second-class citizen. Most aren’t given opportunities, such as education or prosperous work, they are seen as property. But through her work Alicia Procello Maddox is leading the effort to change that. She has led the foundation in its support of the Global Greengrants Fund with a two-year grant.
Before beginning a professional career in management, Alicia Procello Maddox attended the University of California Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree. Alicia Procello Maddox also attended the University of Michigan, School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned a master of public health (MPH).
The School of Public Health at the University of Michigan master of public health degree is required in order for graduates to serve as public health professionals. The degree gives graduates the ability to pursue careers in a variety of areas in the public health industry.
The MPH program provides flexibility to students, allowing them to tailor courses to fit their particular public health career interests. Graduates in the MPH program have found careers in areas that range from Biostatistics and Nutritional Sciences to Epidemiology and Health Management, as well as many other medical venues.