The #SolarSpill Challenge

What are we asking you to do?
On a sunny day we'd like you to take a photo of the bright weather conditions where you are, sharing your picture on social media with the hashtag #SolarSpill. Be it a shot of the sky, the landscape or fun with friends we want the #SolarSpill message to trend around the world.
What is a Solar Spill?
Solar spills are periods of sunny weather that can be anything from a couple of hours to an entire day. Often reffered to as a "nice day" solar spills provide an abundance of energy that plants, some animals and photovoltaic panel owners are keen to soak up.
Are they dangerous?
There are many health benefits to "solar spills," for example moderate exposure to natural daylight triggers the production of Vitamin D within the skin. The health risks associated with over exposure to sunlight are well doccumented. If you do take the time to enjoy the energy spill known as a nice day, please take the precautions recommended by most doctors.
Why call a nice day a Solar Spill?
Oil and petrochemical spills have a long asociation with environmental devestation, Exxon Valdez (1989), Deepwater Horizon (2010) have become adjectives for what can happen as and when oil extraction and transportation goes wrong. Fossil fuel companies remain undettered by these disasters despite the damage casued to the local ecology and knock on effects to peoples' livelyhoods.
The disasters at Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011) are well doccumented examples of what can happen when something goes wrong inside a nuclear reactor and how the radioactive leaks affect not only the local area but the entire planet.
The term solar spill is a relatively new one that has been brought into use and populised by environmental campaigners to highlight the fact that the majority of people sunny days and that they provide a high levels of solar energy that can be captured by solar photovoltaic panels with little to no side effects.
The Green Energy Revolution
As technology advances and battery storage becomes more attractive, renewable energy gives us a real and credible chance to eliminating our reliance on fossil fuels once and for all. Here is a sample of news headlines marking the beginning of the end for fossil fuels.




Nissan launches British-made home battery to rival Tesla's Powerwall

By working together, we can drive a wave of public opinion that the Government can't possibly ignore. To descriminate against renewable energy in favour of fossil fuels is illogical, unethical and financially economincally substandard.
A couple of ideas
It could be part of a morning walk
Maybe the view from your window?
Your camera and social media feed provides is a blank canvass for you to express your solar spill experience, just remember that your mother may see what you post.
Other Options
Of course solar power isn't the only form of renewable energy and to rely on it alone would be self defeating. The sun doesn't shine all of the time so we must commit to a combination of wind, wave, tidle, hydro power and the hydrogen fuel cell while joining up to an international electricity grid, backed up by energy storage. To put the potential of solar power into perspective; " Every hour, the sun radiates more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in one whole year".
Our Vision for the Future
With the right planning and investment the creation of an international grid is something that every nation should be striving to be a part of. Websites like VentuSky use sattelites to provide up to the minute information on wind speed, cloud coverage, rainfall, wave height and other weather satistics, with predictions of weather patterns up to 10 days away. With the right kind of ambition and sensible spending, all nations should be striving to become self sufficient in electricity generation, making various forms of technology to store energy during times of excess production. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as pumping water into reservoirs like Dinorwig Power Station, filling old methane gas towers with hydrogen gas or by investing in battery storage. This would allow nations to trade energy in times of need, allowing the light side of the world to power the dark side, for windy areas to power those that are calm etc.
We want to make it easier for people to put solar panels on their roof, not only for the environment but for the people too. It will enable homeowners to increase their personal wealth, allowing them to spend more and stimulate the economy.

Public institutions such as schools and hospitals should be given greater opportunities to install renewable technology such as solar panels. If a schools and hospitals are able to generate their own electricity on site it frees up more money for them to be able to put back into text books, teachers, doctors and nurses etc.

As the Government recieves more tax revenue through VAT linked to increased spending and income tax more money will be available to spend on public services and to help close the nation's budged deficit. Surely this is a win win situation.

This is a message that we have to push to our world leaders and policy makers, for us, our neighbours and our children.

The SolarSpill Challenge is open to everyone around the world, you don't have to be in a country with a reputation for being hot and sunny to take part. If enough people take part, theoretically SolarSpill could trend someone on the planet all of the time. Imperialists once said that "the sun never sets on the British Empire", while that quote expired years ago the fact remains that the sun never ceases to give us free energy.

"The Sun never ceases to give us free energy"