Renewable and Alternative Energy

Resources and strategies to use energy more efficiently and develop new, sustainable, renewable and alternative energy supplies.

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Renewable and Alternative Energy

Resources and strategies to use energy more efficiently and develop new, sustainable, renewable and alternative energy supplies.

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What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is energy generated from natural resources—such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat—which are renewable (naturally replenished). Renewable energy technologies range from solar power, wind power, hydroelectricity/micro hydro, biomass and biofuels for transportation.
Penn State Extension Energy Programs
Extension educators and faculty are working on many fronts to evaluate energy alternatives, develop strategies for using energy more efficiently and to educate youth, citizens, farmers and policy makers about the complex issues related to alternative energy development and improving energy efficiency.

Penn State Energy News

Research Focuses on Reclaiming Strip-Mine Sites for Biofuel Crop Production
May 26, 2017
Strip mines are so common in rural Pennsylvania that many people are unfazed by the sight of rock-filled piles of dirt and tracts of barren land.
Summer Renewable Energy Workshops Announced
May 25, 2017
This July 27th, Penn State Extension is pleased to offer a series of technical half day workshops in renewable energy (Solar, Bioenergy, Wind) and sustainability.
Solar Parity Drawing Near
May 25, 2017
Many Regions in the US are reaching a tipping point in terms of the economics of solar photovoltaics