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Renewable energy is generated from sustainable natural resources that are not depleted when used. Typically renewable energy is associated with the generation of electricity, but it can also refer to fuel used for transportation or heating. Renewable energy projects vary in size from utility-scale power plants to commercial and residential applications. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows historical and projected growth for the U.S. renewable energy industry.
Many people are familiar with solar and wind energy, but other renewable energy sources include geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass, ocean, and waste. This webpage focuses on two renewable energy solutions that are readily available to Fairfax County residents – solar power and “green” power. More information on all types of renewable energy can be found on the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Virginia Energy Sense webpages.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels capture energy from the sun to generate electricity. Panels are typically installed on a rooftop and used to power the home or business below.