What is a renewable energy source?
A renewable energy source means energy that is sustainable – something that can’t run out. These forms of energy are the alternative to commonly used non-sustainable sources – like coal, these are known as fossil fuels. Currently, renewable energy sources make up a large percentage of the national power grid’s energy, and it’s available to all of us.
Types of Renewable Energies
The top three most popular forms of renewable energy are:
- Solar energy
- Hydro energy
- Wind energy
Understanding each of these
- Solar energy is gaining popularity in the US. Solar is steadily becoming more affordable and accessible to generate than ever. Sunlight is the planet’s most abundant and freely available renewable energy sources. Sunlight hits the solar panels and is then converted into usable electricity. Read more about how solar energy works here.
- Hydro energy is one of the most commercially developed renewable energy sources. A large reservoir is created by building a dam or barrier, and a controlled flow of water will drive a turbine, generating electricity.
- Wind energy is a plentiful source of clean energy, with wind farms becoming increasingly familiar in the US. To harness electricity from wind, turbines use drive generators to produce electricity.
Why CHOOSE SOLAR POWER?
One huge advantage to utilizing this abundant energy source is that it can be used in numerous ways. You can heat the water in your home using direct sunlight, or you can transform the sun’s energy into electricity with photovoltaic cells. Solar systems can be installed directly to power your home on your roof or as a ground-mount system, soaking up the sun all day. In just one hour, enough sunlight shines on the earth’s atmosphere to hypothetically provide electricity for every person on earth for a year!
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