Monday, September 15, 2008

Facts about Renewables

We've taken a short break from environmental facts, but now we're back with some interesting information about renewables.
  1. Only 7.5 percent of total U.S. energy consumption came from renewable sources in 1998. Of that total, 94 percent was from hydropower and biomass (trash and wood incinerators). (U.S. Energy Information Administration)
  2. For the 2 billion people without access to electricity, it would be cheaper to install solar panels than to extend the electrical grid. (The Fund for Renewable Energy Everywhere)
  3. Within 15 years, renewable energy could be generating enough electricity to power 40 million homes and offset 70 days of oil imports.

The bottom line is...

The second fact blows my mind.

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