To be GREEN or not to be GREEN

Posted In Solar - By WhyGREENPower On Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 With 1 Comment

I have had many wonderful discussions recently around what exactly qualifies as GREEN Power and does it make for a viable & economical residential power solution?

According to the EPA GREEN Power is a subset of renewable energy and represents those renewable energy resources and technologies that provide the highest environmental benefit. The EPA defines GREEN Power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources. They also go on to say that customers often buy green power for avoided environmental impacts and its greenhouse gas reduction benefits.

As stated in a prior post (GREEN Independence!) I’ve personally just installed a Solar and Wind Turbine solution on my home.  For me, I can’t say I’ve made a distinct opinion as of yet of what qualifies GREEN Power (besides the obvious Solar, Wind, Hydro), but what I do know is it has been working reliably, economical, (when you consider the government incentives, rebates, and net savings) and downright fun!

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What are your thoughts on what qualifies as GREEN Power?
It’s a fact that the production of solar panels globally is increasing while the cost per watt is decreasing.  It’s also interesting to observe the amount of capital that is being invested & allocated to GREEN Power in military and private sector within the last 6 months. I also found a recent poll to be pretty surprising in that the poll results showed 1 in 4 Americans plan would like to install solar.

In short, we all won’t be giving up our coffee makers anytime soon (we want to maintain our quality of life), and not all sources of power generation have the same environmental benefits and costs (we may want to be GREEN, but does it make $ sense).  Maybe the timing isn’t right for society? (or is it?)

Is GREEN Power a viable & economical solution for residential use?  Do you currently use solar, wind, or any other alternative energy solution on your residence?  If you don’t… have you considered it?

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  1. Hamzah Kutub says:

    I don’t think that there is any need to define Green Power in any other way as I totally agree with your Definition of Green Power.I would like to answer the question that “Is GREEN Power a viable & economical solution for residential use?”.
    Green Power is like any other technology developed by Humans .In the starting cost will be higher .Only with technological progress Green Power will become more viable and economical for residential use then it is today.So we must just wait for some more time.Already the cost of installing Solar cells,Wind Turbines has decreased as compared to past and it’s decreasing day by day with the growth in sales.

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