Why Renewables?

Renewable energy fosters job creation, encourages individual and US energy independence, reduces air pollution, helps reverse climate change, positively impacts our natural environment and provides consumer and commercial economic benefit. The renewable energies that HREG most actively encourages are shown in the photos below.

Facts about X

Solar

Utility-scale solar installations—including both photo-voltaic (PV) and thermal technologies—grew at an average rate of 72% per year between 2010 and 2016

Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient light bulbs typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents and can last 3-25 times longer. 
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Wind

According to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly, wind and solar in March 2017 accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time

Storage

By relying on battery backup, solar energy can even provide electricity 24×7, even on cloudy days and at night.

Biomass

U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, increased by 65% in 2016 to reach a record level of 916 million gallons

Geothermal

At the end of 2016, 195 utility-scale geothermal generating units totaling 3.7 GW were in operation. The largest group of geothermal generating units, a complex located in Northern California called the Geysers, has 943 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, more than a quarter of the national total.

Days left until the 30% solar investment tax credit reduces to 26% at the end of 2020.  After 2023, the residential credit will drop to zero while the commercial/utility credit will drop to 10%.