Growing up in the 80s and 90s in Canada, I experienced first hand how environmental consciousness was starting to catch on. We saw our first blue boxes (curb side recycling bins) in the late 80s. The schools were also really focused on education about the ozone layer, acid rain, and global warming. I even did a project on hydrogen as a fuel for cars. Environmental consciousness was really engrained into our minds.
Compared to other energy platforms, hydropower is very efficient. Energy conversion rates are in the 80 to 90 percent range. The plants also have a long life as you can see with any dam, and maintenance costs are relatively low. Cost of energy production, thus, is lower or on par with other energy platforms including oil.
Building solar panels is not as difficult as you might think. The solar cells are what transform sunlight into energy. These cells are wired together. Once this transformation has taken place, heat light and hot water are available literally on tap. Your appliances can also be powered up to work for you in this way. The materials will set you back in the region of two hundred dollars. Do it yourself stores and most hardware stores will stock these items.
In short, the time is now. The federal government is on the verge of cracking down on the energy industry. In order to meet changing federal regulations, it’s crucial that you produce green energy. And with so many biomass advantages, you’d be hard pressed to find a better alternative.
That’s pretty straightforward math. The challenge is harnessing that energy, storing it for use during evening hours and creating an energy grid able to adapt to the ebbs and flows of a renewable energy reality.
The other two sources are beyond the reach the common people i.e. the wind and waves. But still one can even think of it provided one is living in a country side and having a fast moving stream within the reach. Such source of energy will be there but only for a very limited use.
But you don’t have to be in the desert to benefit from solar rays, in fact, you might get greater solar efficiency in other areas. This is not about heat. This is about efficiency and sustainability. This about all of us finding our way of existing with the planet while we go on about our lives.