Here’s an article I came across on ABC News Online,
The Maldives will shift entirely to renewable energy over the next decade to become the first carbon-neutral nation and fight climate change that threatens the low-lying archipelago’s existence, the president has said.
President Mohamed Nasheed said the Indian Ocean islands would swap fossil fuels for wind and solar power, and buy and destroy EU carbon credits to offset emissions from tourists flying to visit its luxury vacation resorts.
“Climate change threatens us all. Countries need to pull together to de-carbonise the world economy,” Mr Nasheed said.
“We know cutting greenhouse gas emissions is possible and the Maldives is willing to play its part.”
The $US1.1 billion ($1.7 billion) plan would require 155 wind turbines supplying 1.5 megawatts each and a half a square kilometre of solar panels to meet the needs of the islands’ 385,000 people.
“We aim to become carbon-neutral in a decade,” he said.
I know you can’t compare it directly, but $1.7 billion to create a new power supply to offset the population equivalent of Canberra, doesn’t seem so much, or out of reach.