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What is Renewable Energy? Facts You Should Know

Renewable energy is no longer an insignificant subset of the global energy economy. Renewable energy is now the fastest-growing source of energy in the world, and its use is on the rise across all continents. Renewable energy sources supply electricity to hundreds of millions of people and generates hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity.

4 Cool Solar-Powered Gadgets to Buy This Summer

Summer means it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the sun. To help you get the most out of your summer activities and also showcase your love for renewable energy, we put together this list of our favorite cool solar-powered gadgets you can buy.

Made in the USA: Can Wind Energy Revive American Manufacturing?

The wind energy industry has seen tremendous growth over the past two decades. In the United States alone, more than 52,000 utility-scale wind turbines currently account for eight percent of the country’s operating electric generating capacity.

Renewable Energy Sector Sets New Record: Employs 10 Million People

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently released its 2018 Annual Review report highlighting the overall industry growth throughout 2017. According to the report, the renewable industry jobs sector increased by 5.3 percent last year, raising the total number of employees to 10.3 million — a new record for the industry.

8 Renewable Energy Jobs You Should Consider

Both the government and the private sector continue to invest in renewable energy, and the industry as a whole has seen explosive growth in recent years. Today, renewable energy represents a dynamic and transformative sector of the global economy. It encompasses wind power, solar power, hydropower and biofuels along with other forms of energy generation.

Why More American Breweries are Switching to Solar Energy

Beer is not only the most popular alcoholic drink in the world, but also the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all legal drinking age adults in the United States live within ten miles of a brewery. Naturally, as renewable energy finds wider commercial, industrial and residential use, the growing trend is also being adopted by American brewers.

4 Ways to Help Pay for Energy Career Training

Navigating financial aid and figuring out how to pay for school can be confusing. But it doesn’t have to be the barrier between you and your career goals. There are several options to help fund your energy career training.

Colorado's Xcel Energy Receives Record-Setting Bids for Renewable Energy Projects

There has been a lot of chatter recently, both in Colorado and across the nation, about the growing need to develop a new energy infrastructure to replace the country’s aging stock of coal-fired power plants. With solar panel prices falling by 30 percent last year and continuing to fall this year, renewables are well on their way to becoming the cheapest solution to new power generation. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, both in 2015 and 2016, wind and solar power accounted for about two-thirds of all newly added electricity generation capacity nationwide.

How the Ecotech Institute Campus Received LEED Gold Certification

Built in 2011, the Ecotech Institute campus is one of the few LEED Gold-certified schools in Colorado. The 62,000-square-foot facility is an architectural marker of efficiency and sustainability in the Denver metro area. However, not everyone knows the details behind the technologies that went into its creation.

Chris Gorrie on Growing Influence of Photovoltaics in Transportation Industry

Solar power has grown into a leading source of renewable energy in recent years. According to a 2016 report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), solar is now the world’s fastest-growing form of renewable energy, with net generation increasing by an average of 8.3 percent every year. Besides the energy sector, however, solar is now making significant advances into the global transportation industry.

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