- Renewable & Alternative Energy
Which is more advantageous Wind Farms or Solar Farms?
Solar power is more advantagious as you don't have to rely on the wind.If you own a stream you can harness that power to but it takes alot of work setting up a comstock and screening system,plus the flow rate has too be such as to turn the turbine at a given speed and usually you can only generate 12 volts which means you need a battery bank of 10 car batteries to get 120 volts which have to be converted into alternating current.Wind power is very expensive as it takes a very big generator with propellers to get 120 volts,plus a converter
Solar power is easy to set up as you only need to install panels,which connect togeather by a wireing harness that plugs into another panel.You then connect the last panel in the series to an invertor which changes the voltage from direct current to alternating current.You also need to install a flow meter ito the system to turn the incoming current off when your batteries are charged up.With one panel I ran a t.v. for three hours before the charge was used up and then had to recharge the batteries again.A system set up to run a home properly would cost around $35,000.
Admit it: It gets irritating to be told - over and over and over -
to go green when you can barely afford to go to town.
It costs $80 to fill the tank, and the gas bill at home is rising
fast, too. So, sure, it's nice to know that an
Energy Star refrigerator could slash the monthly
electric bill. But where's the $1,000 for that new appliance
supposed to come from?
Plus, how do you know which green technology is the best
choice for your particular home? There are
gray-water systems and double-pane windows, to name
just a few choices.
All those green tips have turned into white noise. It's hard to
know just what to do, let alone how to pay for it.
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Enter the Cambridge Energy Alliance, which is shaping
up as a model solution for cities nationwide.
The Massachusetts nonprofit has an answer that, on its face,
is so deceptively simple one can't help but wonder why it
hasn't been done before: Go to every home, business and
public building and offer a complete, on-site energy
makeover, including financing that means no extra costs for
owners.Your energy savings foot the bill
The alliance kicks into action this summer, with plans to
reach half of Cambridge's buildings within five years, and
already it has attracted plenty of imitators. It uses no
taxpayer money, relying instead on a revolving loan pool
made up largely of private funds. Borrowers don't even
need to incur extra monthly payments; their loans are paid
with the savings from the new reduced energy bills.
"You're borrowing from your utility budget to pay for two
things: a now-lower utility bill and the debt service on the
loan," says Steve Morgan, of Clean Energy Solutions,
the lead consultant on the project. "This can be done without
a government penny."