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GE looks to develop renewable energy skills in Ethiopia

General Electric (GE) and the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to “frame an ongoing collaboration” with the aim of “enabling capacity development programs focused on renewable energy.”

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Why go for renewable energy option?

All the major areas of the United States like Dallas, Houston etc. relies on coal, oil, and natural gas to a great extent for its energy needs. These are the non renewable sources of energy that can eventually diminish in near future if not used in limited quantities. Apart from this, such non renewable sources are too expensive and environmentally damaging thus not a smart option for energy. As the energy is produced by the burning of fossil fuels they emit great amounts of toxic gases and elements that can ruin the Eco system.

Hence they cannot be a good option when going green with energy. A proper substitute of such an option can be renewable resources of power. Renewable energy is a form of energy that is produced without depleting the natural resources such as fossil fuels, crude oils and wood etc. This form of energy does not rely on the burning of a fossil fuel to produce power. They are the natural resources that are available in greater amounts on the planet earth. Some of the major forms of renewable energy sources include sunlight, wind, tides, water and geothermal heat. Apart from this, the use of biomass can also be considered as a renewable energy source. This type of energy resources is sustainable as it is derived from natural sources that do not run out so easily. They even are Eco friendly and do not affect the earth’s atmosphere.

Most of the renewable energy is generated either directly or indirectly from the sun. This can be the biggest source for producing energy as the heat from the sun can be converted into solar power easily. The various forms of solar energy like sunlight etc. can be used directly for heating and lighting homes and offices. With the help of solar panels great amount of solar energy can be generated.
* One of the biggest advantages of the renewable energy is that it is sustainable and so will never run out even after much use in the future.
* This type of energy generation usually requires less maintenance than the traditional generators. As this energy is produced from natural resources they reduce the costs of operation and usage.
* It produces less amounts of waste such as carbon dioxide or other chemical pollutants thus have minimal impact on the environment of the earth.
* It does not emit any greenhouse gases or toxic waste and makes the world a cleaner and safer place to live in for humans.
* Renewable energy projects can also bring economic benefits to many regional areas as they are less costly to generate and maintain.
* It also helps in diversifying energy supply and reducing dependence on imported fuels.

In order to cater the rising demand of the renewable power many Dallas Electricity Companies are coming forward by offering such green options for their consumers. Also as the generation and maintenance of such form of energy involves less cost the Dallas Electric Providers can sell the power at cheapest rates. And when the cost of energy goes down a great number of consumers will attract towards that service.

Apart from this increasing number of people are now days opting for Eco friendly ways to fulfill their utility needs. They are even ready to pay extra to go green and save the planet for all around them. And when the Dallas Electricity Companies have both cheaper rates and green energy option together to offer to the consumers, they are getting allured by their offerings and are choosing them for purchasing their power. Going green has become a rising trend and this is what all the Dallas Electric Providers must cater to the people.

How You Can Begin to Use Renewable Energy For Your Home

Using the sun to provide the electricity for your home is a good investment. Choosing how to go about it is not as difficult as one would think. The first thing before you decide on what type of system you need is you need to consider the size. The typical household will use different amounts of electricity throughout the year. The way to get an idea is to gather you energy bills for the past year, and find the highest bill, this is the one that has the most kilowatt hours. This is going to give you an idea of how large of a solar array you will need. This is the first step of how you can begin to use renewable energy for your home.

3 Basic Solar Energy Systems Considering that you have made your home as energy efficient as possible, you can consider what type of solar power system you want to choose. There are three basic solar power systems, stand-alone off-grid system, battery-based grid-tied system, and battery-less grid-tied system. All of these systems have have pros and cons. You might think that, I don’t want to pay the electric bill again. The stand-alone system would provide that, but if your home is already tied to the electrical grid, you could be loosing out on some incentives that could offset the cost of the system. The stand alone system requires the use of batteries to store electricity for use. In most cases you need a large system, or a generator as a back-up to have enough power for your demands. If you are in a rural area, away from service, the price of this type of system requires further consideration.

The Recommended Systems The battery-based grid-tied solar power system has some benefits that a stand-alone system doesn’t have. This type of solar system is a good choice if where you live is prone to the loss of power. This type of system has government incentive benefits. And is popular because in most cases, you can sell back surplus power that you generate. Both of the systems just covered can be expanded by adding more modules. This is cost effective. Grid-tied solar power systems are basically the same as the battery system, but you don’t have the battery back-up in case of power loss. If you don’t loose power to often, then you can consider the installation of this type system.

by     Muna Chongo