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Alternative Energy

Solar

Saving with Solar Hot Water (Video)
Learn how a typical solar hot water system uses the sun's heat energy to provide hot water and take the load off your existing system and your electric bill. It's an innovative and effective approach to saving all kinds of green.

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Solar energy is abundant, non-polluting and does not emit greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Even in the northeastern United States, where sunlight is variable, solar energy helps to warm and light many buildings and can make a significant contribution to meeting demand for electricity and hot water.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Solar energy comes from using the sun as fuel to create heat or electricity. Solar technologies fall into two categories: passive and active. Passive solar produces heat and provides lighting for structures. Active solar produces electricity using a technology called Solar Photovoltaic (PV), or heat, hot water or electricity a technology called Solar Thermal.

U.S Department of Energy (DOE)
From 1975 to 2008, more solar energy patents were linked to DOE than to any other organization in the world. These efforts have catalyzed growth in a sector that more than doubled the U.S. supply of solar power from 2008 to 2012, reduced solar energy installation costs by more than 30%, and grown to employ more than 100,000 people in all 50 states and several territories.