Renewable Energy Certificates Does This Mean That They Use 100% Renewable Power?
This is from a website that I use, that says they’re 100% green. But the wording makes me think that they’re not exactly.
Their page says
“Since generating wind energy on site isn’t feasible, they are offsetting all of their electricity use with wind-generated Renewable Energy Certificates”
What does this mean exactly?
“Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) [...] are tradable, non-tangible energy commodities in the United States that represent proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource (renewable electricity).”
So they’ve more or less bought enough wind power to run their operation. That’s really about as well as you can do if you’re on-grid, and it’s certainly a good step if you care about these things.
Since you can’t tell one electron from the other on the grid, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to say “we bought XXX MWh of power from a wind producer and we used XXX MWh of power as well, so we used 100% renewable power.”
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I have a Lot of Inventive Ideas About Renewable Energy but no Money to Build a Prototype, any Company/Person that can Help?
I have all these inventive ideas from renewable energy to engine modifications, but my down fall is finding the right people to work with to bring this ideas to fruition. I don’t have the money to patent it let alone build a prototype. I need a reputable company or an honest individual that wouldn’t take my ideas and dump me. I have attained certificates in Electrical Engineering and Automotive Engineering and in merging these acquired knowledge I ‘ve come up with a lot of ways to make waves in the engineering department. With a couple of belts, gears and shafts a lot of modifications can be made to change the operational features of an engine. So if there is any company that you know of or any individual that would like to get into partnership with me, please contact me via email.
Hmmm, please be careful, there are a lot of sharks in those waters.
Write your idea down send it off in a certified letter to yourself and then hang on to it in case you ever need to prove it in court.
Same applies if you do find a partner, send all info in a cert letter and then to a safety deposit box.
People will beat you unconscious for a burger.
Careful when they seem to eager to hear your ideas and give nothing in return
Whats The Better Job Wind or Solar Technician?
I was thinking about getting a certificate in renewable energy. . I was wondering if I should focus on wind or solar. Which one has a better future and pays more? Also is installing/maintaining a wind turbine harder to learn then solar? maybe I can learn both but focus on the harder of the two for my classes and learn the other one on my own. If anyone has some insight or has done these things id like to know what they think
It is good to know that you are looking into both of these energy sources as your career. I can tell you that it will not be an easy choice but, either way, you will be making a good choice. These careers are booming and there is a lot of opportunity and room to grow in these industries.
I, personally, manage a wind energy facility in Northern California. I lucked out and my site is not very remote. As others have alluded to, they usually build these sites in some very lonely places. I have had my share of being remote but I would not have changed a thing when I look back on it. Your home is where you make it and that is the important thing to remember. Keep in mind though that wind farms can be put up just about anywhere but solar needs to have plenty of sunshine to keep it going. This corralates to a dry environment or a green environment. Take your pick.
Specifically speaking about wind energy, there is no comparison in my book. In wind you have the best office in the area. 300′ is a long way up but the views are outstanding. Solar will keep you land locked and that can get pretty boring. The turbines, themselves, are some amazing machines. I have come to work everyday with a smile on my face because of the machines I get to work with.
The pay can be very good depending on what you want to do. Technicians that travel from site to site are easily seeing $100k a year. This path was not for me as I prefer to be home with my family every night. Technicians who are dedicated to a particular site make, on average, $19-$25 per hour to start and then go up from there. I am not sure about solar so I do not want to pass judgement on their pay scale.
Career progression can be very quick in both industries if you play your cards right. I began in this industry in 2007 and now manage an entire site as the Plant Manager. I have esentially reached the top of the totem pole in the field as it is the Plant Manager who is the lead guy at any project. My next options are to (a) stay in the field where I feel comfortable and enjoy it (b) go to a corporate office and sit in a cubicle every day. However, do not be lead to believe that it is that easy to progress. It takes determination and brains to do it but it can be done.
Overall, go with wind energy and you will not be disappointed. It really all comes down to what interests you the most.
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