Alternative Power Sources

Solar Roadways – The Future is Now!

Solar Roadways – The Future is Now!



You haven’t seen amazing until you’ve seen Solar Freakin Roadways! This is the future and it looks like Tron! Imagine every road, interstate, highway, parking lot, driveway and basketball court in America made of pure 100% USA invented solar panels! How about 3 times the amount of power consumed by America generated every day for […]


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3 Solar Powered Innovations Providing Clean Water for Third World Countries

3 Solar Powered Innovations Providing Clean Water for Third World Countries



Clean water should be a basic human right. Unfortunately, in many areas of third-world countries, clean water is far more a luxury reserved for the wealthy than an accessible basic for everyone. To help change that, a number of socially and environmentally conscious inventors have created potentially life-changing products that draw upon the power of […]


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Solar Artist Sarah Hall Marries Beauty with Technology

Solar Artist Sarah Hall Marries Beauty with Technology



Technology and art may seem strange bedfellows at first glance. But that’s only if you’ve never seen the work of world renowned solar artist Sara Hall. Internationally recognized for her large-scale art glass installations, this virtuoso of color, light and energy fuses photovoltaic technology with her colorful craft. The results are both extraordinarily beautiful and […]


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Wind Power – The Basics



Everyone’s seen wind turbines – either in real life or on TV. The basic idea is that wind turns the propeller-like blades, and this induced motion or ‘kinetic’ energy is converted into electrical energy via an alternator. The concept is similar to that of using some of your car engine’s energy to charge the car […]


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Tesla to Build “Gigafactory” Lithium-Ion Battery Plant Powered by Solar, Wind

Tesla to Build “Gigafactory” Lithium-Ion Battery Plant Powered by Solar, Wind



Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla Motor Co. recently announced it will offer $1.6 billion in convertible senior notes to the public in an effort to raise funds for the development and production of its ‘Gen III’ mass marketable electric vehicle and the development of the Tesla Gigafactory , among other general corporate purposes, according to a […]


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Recent EDF Acquisition of the Longhorn North Wind Project



EDF Renewable Energy has recently acquired 200 MW Longhorn North Wind Project from Res America under balance of plant agreement. It will be the 18th project in the state of Texas by Res America which will be built in the proximity of Floyd and Briscoe counties. What it EDF? EDF Renewable Energy is a leading […]


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DOI Announces Two Major Solar Projects for California, Nevada

DOI Announces Two Major Solar Projects for California, Nevada



As multiple states, with California in the lead, continue to inch toward higher use of renewable energy, the US Department of the Interior (DOI) announced it’s approved to more major solar energy projects. Both located near the California-Nevada border, these project bring the total of utility-scale renewable energy projects approved on public lands to 50. […]


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Commercial Wind Power – An Introduction



Utility companies, farms, large industrial developments, government sites, military installations – these are the typical settings for large scale wind turbine solutions. With costs ranging from several hundred thousand dollars up to $2 million or more per megawatt of installed turbines, you need to be a big player to get serious about wind power. For […]


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Army Awards 21 New Contracts for Renewable Energy to Hit 2025 Deadline

Army Awards 21 New Contracts for Renewable Energy to Hit 2025 Deadline



The year 2025 may seem a long way away. Not so when you’re tasked with hitting a congressionally mandated goal of producing a full quarter of the energy needed to support an army from renewable sources within the next 11 years. That’s just what the US Army is facing, and that’s why since the beginning […]


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Geothermal Energy – A Quick Look



Anyone old enough to get their head around a volcanic eruption understands that inside the planet Earth things are pretty warm. And we’ve all seen images, or been lucky enough to see in person, the eruption of geysers. The reason for these events is heat and pressure from below the Earth’s surface. The heat is […]


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Geothermal Energy – Let’s Dig Deeper!



So the idea of commercial geothermal technology is to pump a liquid, typically water, to warmer underground locations and return that heat to the surface where it can be put to use. Typically the process creates steam which drives mechanical turbines, and these create electricity which is fed into a grid. Here we’ll briefly examine […]


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World’s Largest Solar Plant Opens in Nevada’s Mojave Desert

World’s Largest Solar Plant Opens in Nevada’s Mojave Desert



The tortoises are tucked away in the man-made dens created for them by workers of the world’s newest and largest solar power plant. They don’t seem to mind. So, It’s looking like the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which sprawls across five square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, is a win-win […]


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Additional Alternative Power Sources Information

Green energy sources are the next wave of power for planet earth, and not a moment too soon. Renewable energy sources including off grid solar, renewable solar energy, hydroelectric and geothermal options will be key green energy solutions for preserving the environment. The sooner we can let go of our dependence on fossil fuels, the better.

Solar Energy

Harnessing the sun’s power can be done via off grid solar and renewable solar energy sources. Thermal panels (collectors) and “photovoltaic” (PV) processes are used to facilitate solar energy. If on the grid, some of these systems may actually allow you to make money by selling back to the local utility company any excess power you produce.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is power harvested from the earth. Renewable geothermal resources can heat and cool a home year round and save you up to 80% over fossil fuels. Geothermal energy involves a heat pump system buried under the earth’s surface. A “direct use” system is a well drilled into a geothermal hot water reservoir with heat exchangers to circulate the hot water to deliver heat.

Hydroelectric Power

If a river or a stream runs through your property, you may be able to use the moving water to generate electricity for your home or business. With this system, generators and turbines convert energy from the flowing water into usable energy. Some micro-hydropower systems generate up to 100 kW of power; just 10 kW is needed to power a large home.

Smaller systems don’t require dams or storage reservoirs. They divert the running water through a pressurized pipeline, or penstock, which delivers the water to a rotating turbine powering an alternator or generator. If you’re connected with the grid, you may be able to sell your excess power back to the utility company.

Green energy and renewable energy sources are a key to saving the planet for future generations. With a variety of options including off grid solar, renewable solar energy, hydroelectric and geothermal power, it’s easier than ever to go green.