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Renewable Energy

What is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy comes from an energy source that is rapidly replaced or renewed through a natural process.  The five common renewable energy sources are sunlight, wind, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal heat.  When harnessed, these energy sources provide a clean, and relatively unlimited power supply.

Today, roughly 85% of the world’s energy comes from non-renewable fossil fuels.  As oil prices rise and CO2 emissions become a growing concern, scientists, lawmakers, engineers, and average citizens are turning to renewable energy sources to meet our growing energy needs and assure the same quality of life for future generations. 
By taking advantage of renewable energy technologies, we also help to achieve New Hampshire’s energy goals.  The New Hampshire Climate Action Plan recommends maximizing energy efficiency and increasing renewable and low-CO2-emitting energy sources as two chief strategies to curbing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Since the renewable energy industry is still relatively new and the upfront cost of a renewable energy system is substantial, new local, state, and federal incentives have emerged to stimulate the renewable energy industry.   

Also check out the information available on the Renewable Energy Technologies page.

  • Solar Electric
  • Solar Thermal
  • Wind