Wind Energy Facts
Wind energy is growing rapidly around the world since more countries are increasing their energy production based on wind power.
Germany is the worlds’ largest user of wind energy followed by the Northern European states (Denmark gets 20% percent of its energy production from wind energy).
In 2005 wind energy accounted for 1% of the world’s energy production. Since 2003, the U. S. government, through its Department of Energy, has provided tax incentives and grants dedicated to wind farm development. Since the technology behind it requires significant amounts of capital, its development is somewhat slower.
In 2008 alone, despite the tougher economic outlook, the wind turbines added to the existing ones increased energy production by more than 8 gig watts of energy. This adds the total wind energy production to 25 gig watts, which is an amount that can power approximately 8 million homes.
It is estimated that by 2015 more than 40,000 wind turbines will be available in the United States alone.
Solar Energy Facts
Among alternative energy types, solar energy is enjoying the most rapid growth. Energy experts argue that among renewable energy sources, solar energy is the most widely available in the United States. Solar technology has experienced a major boom in United States since 2000.
In 2000 the world’s largest photovoltaic manufacturing plant began production in Perrysburg, Ohio.
In 2001 Home Depot started selling residential solar panels, and since then they have been used by many American households in an attempt to lower their energy cost. (You can read more about how it can pay off to install such a system by clicking on the “Energy Tax Credit” page.)
When debating the pros and cons of solar energy, environmentalists estimate that a 1-kilowatt home solar system will produce enough energy to save 170 lbs of coal from being burned and 300 lbs of carbon dioxide from being added to Earth’s atmosphere.
Geothermal Energy Facts
In the United States, Montana is the current leading state in geothermal production.
Most of the geothermal energy production is developed in the western states and some studies estimate that their combined potential could provide as much as a fifth of national necessities.
Renewable Energy Jobs
A growing renewable energy sector provides a huge job expansion potential. It is estimated that the next developments in solar energy could create up to 440,000 jobs in the next 7 years.
If you are interested in finding out more about renewable energy, you can take a look at the federal incentives provided for renewable energy expansion by clicking here.and also check out this online consumer guide about renewable energy, available at BetterEnergy.com