Renewable energy is energy that is generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat.
As renewable energy is generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished, it’s power that cannot be exhausted and it consistently renewed.
Sometimes referred to as alternative energy, as it’s an alternative to using fossil fuels (coal and natural gas,) it’s essentially a non-traditional power that has low environmental impact – hence, it’s growing popularity.
Since fossil fuels can’t be replaced – once we use them up, they’re gone forever. Another problem is that fossil fuels can cause pollution.
Renewable energy is also called “clean energy” or “green power” because it doesn’t pollute the air or the water.
Most renewable energy comes either directly or indirectly from the sun. Sunlight, or solar energy, can be used directly for heating and lighting homes and other buildings, for generating electricity, and for hot water heating, solar cooling, and a variety of commercial and industrial uses.
Renewable energy plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. When renewable energy sources are used, the demand for fossil fuels is reduced. Unlike fossil fuels, non-biomass renewable sources of energy (hydropower, geothermal, wind, and solar) do not directly emit greenhouse gases like Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Nitrous Oxide (N2O) along with other industrial gases.
What are the benefits of Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy technologies are clean sources of energy that have a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies, meaning they have environmental benefits as well energy that will last for generations to come.
Due to the significant growth of the renewable energy industry, there are substantial economic benefits – creating jobs and fueling local economies. Renewable energy technologies developed and built in the US are also being sold overseas, helping to lower the trade deficit.
Another benefit to renewable energy is that it allows for energy security and lower dependence on foreign oil supplies.
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