Renewable Energy Overview

All the energy we use comes from the earth.

The electricity we use every day does not come directly from the earth, but we generate electricity using the earth's resources, such as coal or natural gas. Both coal and natural gas are called "fossil fuels" because they were formed deep under the earth over many millennia from biomass deposited during prehistoric times. Fossil fuels cannot be replaced - there is a finite supply that will be gone once exhausted. Also, the use of fossil fuels for energy almost always results in the emission of harmful pollutants into the environment.

Clean renewable energy is harnessed from resources that are naturally replenished, such as wind, water, hydrogen and light energy from the sun. Renewable energy is often called "clean energy" or "green power" because it does not pollute the environment. With a growing shortage of fossil-fuel based energy, coupled with advancements in clean energy technology, the integration of renewable energy as a major component of our overall energy consumption poses real opportunities and real challenges for today and for our future.

Click on the links below for some examples of renewable energy technologies and concepts that are transforming the way people think about and consume energy. Volt Energy is among the leaders in developing power projects utilizing these and other renewable energy technologies.