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Solar Roads: Will They Ever Come?

If you’ve ever been interested in renewable energy, chances are high that you’ve heard of the ‘solar road’ concept. The idea is based on a relatively simple concept. Roads are constructed with solar panels that create a drivable surface. A few years ago, people had dismissed the idea as unsustainable and beyond our current technological […]

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Tidal Energy: Pros & Cons

The ocean has long provided humans with a bounty of food. However, a new type of untapped resource is now lapping at our feet: tidal energy. Our seas contain an abundance of energy in the form of moving water. In fact, if we were able to find a way to harness all this energy efficiently, […]

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Net Metering: The Ultimate Guide to Selling Your Energy

You’ve done it: you’re successfully producing your own clean energy and using this energy to fully power your home. This is a fantastic achievement for both your household and the planet. And yet, it gets even better. Did you know that you can actually make some extra cash from all that energy you’re producing? The […]

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5 Renewable Energies of the Future

“Electricity is but yet a new agent for the arts and manufactures, and, doubtless, generations unborn will regard with interest this century, in which it has been first applied to the wants of mankind.” – Alfred Smee  Just as our generation has looked back at the last century’s transformation through the production of electricity with […]

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What is a Windmill?

A windmill is a structure used to harness the power of the wind for purposes like grinding grain, pumping water, and generating electricity. The power of the wind was first harnessed by sailors, who were able to understand lift and harness the winds power through sails. This knowledge led to the development of the first […]

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Pros & Cons of Geothermal Energy

As we continue our exploration of viable, clean energy sources, geothermal energy is up next on the list. Geothermal energy is quite different from more commonly known renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Instead of harnessing the power of the sun, it draws from the internal heat source of the Earth. Power plants […]

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The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

With the cost of electricity rising 3%-5% each year, you may be considering alternative sources of energy, such as solar. But before you go and install a solar system on your house, some major disadvantages need to be weighed in. With solar power having the highest initial costs than any other renewable energy source, you […]

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The Advantages of Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is the heat produced by the molten core under the Earth’s crust. This heat is continuously produced through decay of radioactive materials such as uranium and potassium. The heat produced within the first 33,000 feet of the Earth’s surface produces 50,000 times more energy than all the oil and natural gas in the […]

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Biomass Energy

As the various issues caused by our use of fossil fuels come to light, more is being done to find suitable alternatives. While the likes of solar power, wind turbines and similar large alternatives tend to steal the headlines, there are other fuel sources out there that also have great potential. Many consider biomass energy […]

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Solar Energy: Pros & Cons

For the past few decades, climate change has been a major topic of debate among politicians and the population alike. Carbon emissions – more commonly known as greenhouse gases – are the leading contributors to the harmful effects our climate is experiencing. As a result, many countries across the globe are turning their hopes to […]