Renewable Energy: Top 5 Trends to Watch in 2013

The move toward newer forms of renewable energy, particularly solar and wind, has been one of fits and starts. First it was only the early adopters who installed small renewable energy systems for the sole purpose of sustainability even when cost and reliability did not justify the switch. But as costs have come down, others have followed to reduce energy costs. However, these systems mostly are still tied into the local grid and do not provide backup when the grid is down. Now even that is changing as the renewable energy industry develop new ideas and new technology.

David Droz, a mechanical engineer who heads the telecom sector at Urban Green Energy, New York, NY, a provider of distributed renewable energy solutions, says that the telecom industry is one that has been at the forefront, installing solar for almost 10 years at off-grid sites. This was even before “it became of faddish or trendy for residential use and even before it was financially stable [for other industries]. The market has continued to mature, and today companies are offering much more integrated installations.”

Written by Nancy S. Giges. To read the full article, click here

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