Can you guess what year was recorded to be the ‘greenest’ year by the National Grid?
Renewable energy, often referred to as clean energy, comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished. For example, sunlight or wind keep shining and blowing, even if their availability depends on time and weather.
There are many different types of renewable energy here including: solar power comes from the sun light, we currently use solar power to heat buildings, warm water, and power our devices.
Wind power is generated by windmills, did you know that one wind turbine can power up to 1,500 homes for a year?
Biomass energy uses organic materials such as crops, trees and waste-wood which is burned to create heat which powers a steam turbine that generates electricity.
Hydroelectric power on the other hand uses fast moving water in rivers or waterfalls to spin turbines to create electricity. Hydropower is the most widely used renewable power source accounting for more than 54% of the global renewable power generation capacity and circa 18% of the world’s total power generation.
As fossils fuels become more expensive and harder to find, renewable energy will become cheaper as technology improves, and the equipment is made on a larger scale. Currently we don’t have enough renewable energy to replace fossil fuels, but hopefully that will change.
We know that renewable energy offers freely available sources of energy generation, but it also benefits the wider community, creating a wide range of jobs to develop and install energy solutions, renewable sources also offer better energy access in developing nations and can also reduce energy bills.
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