Green energy is the future

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Harnessing Wind Power

Green energy. What is it? What does it mean? Green energy generally describes energy which is derived from natural resources. This refers to energy sources such as wind, sun, geothermal, crop residue, ocean tides etc.

Green energy is essentially renewable energy obtained from lower carbon sources and energy which can be naturally replenished. This is in contrast to non-renewable energy derived from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas which are finite resources that take millions of years to develop and to replenish.

So why the strong focus and constant campaign towards green societies? Green energy is readily available and freely so, in both rural and urban areas unlike fossil fuels which involve mining or drilling.

Fossil fuels are considered cheaper in monetary terms but that is only when assessed on a short term basis. Long term effects that translate to monetary loss are seen through the impact that fossil fuels have on the environment and on human health.

We eventually pay for use of non-renewable energy through expenses incurred on medical bills and on budgets set aside for environmental cleanups.

Shifting our dependence from fossil fuels to green energy will save mother earth from the mining and excavation occurring in ecologically sensitive areas which leads to loss of biodiversity and it will also prevent environmental degradation that is brought about by activities such as clearing forests for burning of coal.

Use of green energy has a lot of benefits such as reduced air pollution, reduced climate change effects that are brought about by greenhouse gas emissions, decreased infrastructure damage that results from mudslides or mine blasting, reduced impacts of acid rain that occurs as a result of coal combustion byproducts and it also reduces the costs incurred by tax payers for their medical bills or for environmental cleanups.

In choosing green energy, we are choosing the non-polluting energy sources which are environmental and pocket friendly.

So what should we do then? The answer is to tap into the gift that nature has graciously made available to us in wind, sun, crop residues, and tides and use these to create energy for our factories, hospitals and homes in order to reduce the burden placed on the non-renewable sources of energy through constant excavation and mining.

Long term the wars we see as a result to competition for the non-renewable sources of energy will reduce as the demand for these forms of energy decrease and people embrace greener societies. Long term, we will reduce the effect on climate change caused by green-house gases produced from burning fossil fuels.

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Solar Panels

 

Over time we have witnessed advancement in technologies in varying fields and green energy was not any different. The result of advancement in green technology means lowered cost of solar panels, wind turbines and of biogas plants.

This has made it more affordable for you and I to own these equipment and install for use in our homes and in the projects we take up as communities, projects such as county dispensaries, schools, power plants and local factories. This subsequently saves you and I the money spent on electricity and this money can then be re-directed to any of our other primary needs such as food, shelter, education, health and long term investments.

Renewable energy certificates (REC) is one of the emerging trend that seeks to encourage generation of renewable energy. One REC is equivalent to 1000 kilowatt hours or 1 megawatt hour of electricity. A green energy provider is credited with one REC for every 1000 kilowatt it produces. This green energy is fed into the electrical grid and this accompanying REC is sold to the open market.

Once consumed, a REC is considered ‘retired’ and from there on it cannot be sold, transferred or donated. Use of RECs gives credit to the people or companies that use green energy as they can ascertain their claim to the environmental attributes of the green energy without necessarily purchasing or consuming the clean electricity.

Where do we come in? Emerging economies are already embracing green energy with countries such as Mexico and India shifting their energy investments into green technology. Other countries are Saudi, Nicaragua, Australia, Israel, USA, UK and others are those in East Africa; Kenya Ethiopia and Rwanda. So if our countries are headed in this direction, why don’t we?

Let’s go green