Defying conventional wisdom about the limits of wind power, in 2012 both Iowa and South Dakota generated close to one quarter of their electricity from wind farms. Wind power accounted for at least 10 percent of electricity generation in seven other states. Across the United States, wind power continues to strengthen its case as a serious energy source.
According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 100 percent of the electric generating capacity added in January was renewable.
Conventional generators require gasoline or diesel fuel, which can be expensive -- especially during emergencies. Also, the emissions from gas-powered generators contribute to air pollution. Solar generators are a smart alternative to consider.
As the world's demand for electricity continues to climb so will the need for new power plants. We need to decide what will be the fuel of the future for these plants. The choice boils down to conventional versus renewable sources.
Human-powered generators cleverly derive electricity from something we already use in abundance — human movement — offering an easy way to tap renewable energy for anyone interested in a low-impact lifestyle. Two creative generators caught our attention: a merry-go-round that supplies light for poor Ghanaian schools and a revolving door that lights up a train station.
Three-day workshop announcement on net zero energy homes by leading authority on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Dan Chiras. Learn how to reduce your utility bill through conservation, effriciency, & clean, affordable, renewable energy.
Let's take a trip back into the Mother Earth News archive to learn more about thin-film solar.
Check out the PV Watts calculator and find out how much solar-electric power you can generate in your part of the world.
We’d like to hear more about your experiences with green power. Is it available where you live? How does the price compare to what you would otherwise pay for electricity? Why have you — or haven’t you — chosen this option?
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a list of the top 20 on-site renewable electtricity generators.
Here’s advice from a renewable energy expert about what you can expect to pay for a solar-electric system to power your home.
Take this quiz from How Stuff Works and learn more about how solar panels produce electricity.
Find out what different states are doing to promote power from renewable sources, including solar and wind energy.
It's easy to find out what fuels your power comes from using this nifty tool from the EPA.
If we want more electricity from renewable sources, we need to think about upgrades to our electric grid.
Bill Clinton has 10 recommendations for what the U.S. government should be doing to promote cleaner energy.
Al Gore is calling on Americans to support a rapid transition to renewable energy. Tell us what you think.
This one policy makes it much easier to pay for a solar or wind-electric system, but not every state offers it.
Here are the basic options for buying your electricity from sustainable sources.
Start cutting your electricity use today, and it will save you a bundle of cash on a renewable energy system when you're ready to buy one.
When you're ready to price or purchase a new solar system, findsolar.com has everything you need.