Renewable Energy

The best advice on energy efficiency, solar power, wind energy, living off the grid, and more.

Methane Production: The Rural Gasification Project's Biogas Workshop

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

In 1979, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS staffer attended a workshop on methane production sponsored by New Life Farm's Rural Gasification Project.

Energy Topics

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

A collection of short news items addressing energy-related topics, including atomic waste storage, energy efficient homes, small scale hydroelectric power, and more.

Mother's Six Inch Alcohol Fuel Still

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Tinkerer and MOTHER EARTH NEWS researcher Clarence Goosen has created a functioning still with a six inch column that produces as much as ten times more fuel than his original three inch design.

Solar Log Homes

By Joel Davidson

A solar log home could be an ideal solution to your power problem if you live somewhere with limited alternative energy options. Look into different photovoltaic or photovoltaic/generator systems to see what options could work for you.


Solar Refrigerators and Other Stories

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

For developing countries without the means to store life-saving vaccines, solar refrigerators may be the answer.

Wind Farms Proliferating

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Thanks to favorable economics, more power utilities have plans to build wind farms.

Make Your Own Fuel! Alcohol Fuel Basics

By Richard Freudenberger

It takes some mechanical aptitude, but you can make your own fuel by fermenting appropriate feed stocks into 96 proof alcohol. Originally published as "Make Your Own Gas! Alcohol Fuel Basics" in the April/May 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Green Energy Technology Breakthroughs

By Scott Gibson

From smart grids to better solar panels, green energy technology is making gains that will help us build a brighter future. Originally published as "Green Energy Breakthroughs" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.