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7 Reasons to Use Alternative Forms of Renewable Energy

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What is Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.

Future Renewable Energy

This theory of solar panel structure unfolds when activated. It was proposed as a more powerful, less space consuming alternative to rooftop solar panels.

This theory of solar panel structure unfolds when activated. It was proposed as a more powerful, less space consuming alternative to rooftop solar panels.

Why Renewable Energy?

All energy sources have some impact on our environment. Fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—do substantially more harm than renewable energy sources by most measures, including air and water pollution, damage to public health, wildlife and habitat loss, water use, land use, and global warming emissions.

One major advantage with the use of renewable energy is that as it is renewable it is therefore sustainable and so will never run out. Renewable energy facilities generally require less maintenance than traditional generators. Their fuel is derived from natural and available resources reduces the costs of operation.



This illustration shows us how solar energy is converted and where it goes.

This illustration shows us how solar energy is converted and where it goes.

Whats Better: Wind or Solar

Wind is considered more efficient than solar because these systems use less energy, release less carbon dioxide and produce more overall energy. A single wind turbine can generate the same amount of electricity in kWh or kilowatt-hours) as thousands of solar panels; however, just 2 solar panels equal the solar output of 1 wind turbine as well as a significantly less expensive cost compared to wind turbines. Solar can generate energy in a breeze. This is efficient over solar panels because it takes so little time for the wind turbines to create electricity.

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The illustration shows us how electricity is converted through a hydroelectric dam.

The illustration shows us how electricity is converted through a hydroelectric dam.

Home Setup

Steps for solar panel home setup.

  • Call a pro. (It's all in the details, contact a local renewable energy service provider to gauge what you need to make your renewable energy sources dream come true.)
  • Investigate incentives. (Many states in the U.S. have government kickbacks for having your home run on solar.)
  • Connect panels to an inverter.
  • Install a disconnect.
  • Install extra power meters. (properly gauge your solar with this pro tip.)
  • Connect the solar panel system to a grid or "The Grid".
  • Consider adding batteries as a backup. ( In Michigan I knew a farmer who would load up on electricity by putting it in car batteries. He was able to make a sale each month to the local electric company.)

Wind Power

Wind Turbines in the ocean. As they catch the ocean breeze and converting it to electricity these are a go-to style of renewable energy as is widely used for supplying entire towns with electricity.

Wind Turbines in the ocean. As they catch the ocean breeze and converting it to electricity these are a go-to style of renewable energy as is widely used for supplying entire towns with electricity.

Care to Air

Wind power is the use of air flow through wind turbines to provide the mechanical power to turn electric generators. Wind power, as an alternative to burning fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation, consumes no water, and uses little land.

This is a picture of a hydroelectric dam. It's a massive structure that powers electricity to entire states in the U.S.

This is a picture of a hydroelectric dam. It's a massive structure that powers electricity to entire states in the U.S.

Piezoelectricity AKA Rain Energy

Another option that can be used in tandem is to capture the kinetic energy of therain directly. This can be done using piezoelectricity, where crystals convert mechanical motion into electricity. ... This is only about 1.6 kWh of energy per year in an area that receives a meter of rain per year.

Geothermal energy is thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth. ... The adjective geothermal originates from the Greek roots γη (ge), meaning earth, and θερμος (thermos), meaning hot. Earth's internal heat is thermal energy generated from radi

Geothermal energy is thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth. ... The adjective geothermal originates from the Greek roots γη (ge), meaning earth, and θερμος (thermos), meaning hot. Earth's internal heat is thermal energy generated from radi

What About My Panels In the Rain?

Photovoltaic panels can use direct or indirect sunlight to generate power, though they are most effective in direct sunlight. Solar panels will still work even when the light is reflected or partially blocked by clouds. The rain actually helps to keep your panel operating efficiently by washing away any dust or dirt. So, it goes as no surprise taking a bath from time to time really cleans you up.

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