People are controlling their energy security by financing and operating community energy initiatives with renewable energy sources harvested in their own backyards.
An arrowhead-shaped solar array provides electricity to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitor Center in Nevada.
Photo by Black Rock Solar
Piedmont Biofuels supplies members with biodiesel made in North Carolina from waste oils and fats.
Photo by Tami Schwerin
After a devastating tornado destroyed much of the town in 2007, Greensburg, Kan., rebuilt as a model sustainable community that incorporates many renewable energy technologies into its new buildings, including the Kiowa County Memorial Hospital pictured here.
Photo courtesy Kiowa County Memorial Hospital
More than 400 people invested in WindShare, Canada’s first community-owned wind power cooperative. The towering turbine in Toronto supplies electricity to about 250 homes.
Photo by Yvonne Bambrick
Residents, businesses and state agencies cooperated to build the Harvard Solar Garden in Massachusetts.