Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:01:26 GMT
Dozens of Petal residents and members of nearly one dozen Native-American tribes from six Southeastern states are engaging in an exchange of cultures for the first time in the Friendly City this weekend.More >>
Members of the Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and other tribes are taking part in the 12th annual Golden Eagle Pow Wow.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:11:41 GMT
Churches from around the Petal area gathered today for the Community Easter Celebration. Guests from over 18 different church congregations filled the Petal Performing Arts Center to celebrate the trueMore >>
Guests from over 18 different church congregations filled the Petal Performing Arts Center to celebrate the true meaning of Easter with song and praise while listening to scripture reading from several local pastors.
Thursday, April 10 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:13:00 GMT
A Columbia doctor charged with sexual battery has taken his own life. Dr. Martin Ugwudike was found dead in his home in the Canebrake subdivision near Hattiesburg just before noon. Ugwudike, who hasMore >>
A Columbia doctor charged with sexual battery has taken his own life. More >>
Many homeowners who want clean, green energy will buy and install solar panels. However, a solar array can be prohibitively expensive. Moreover, solar panels are not an option for many renters, condo owners, homeowners in covenant-controlled communities and others.
For those of us who cant afford solar panels or are unable to install them, there are many other options for getting clean energy in your home, including green pricing, cogeneration, solar leasing and more.
Mainstream utilities green pricing
Coal and natural gas contribute 67 percent of all U.S. electricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, many major utility companies have branched out into green alternatives, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, landfill gas, and biomass.
The combined electric grid system prevents utility companies from delivering hydroelectric energy, for example, directly to selected consumers. Instead, utility customers can use power generated by a mix of green and conventional options, but pay extra to support the utility companies green investments.
Community renewable energy programs operate on a smaller scale than major utilities such as Portland General Electric, but are a more direct way for individuals to get energy from renewable sources.
Some community programs offer a way for homeowners to pool their resources to invest in renewable energy. For example, 18 residents of a small town in Colorado bought shares in a community solar array, and get renewable-energy credits each month on their electric bills.
Other community programs may be citywide green-energy programs run by municipal utilities and small private power companies. In some such cases, every resident pays for and uses green power.
Competitive green utilities
More than a dozen states have openly competitive electricity markets, according to the DOE. In many of these states, dedicated green power providers compete directly with the major utilities. Here is a list of clean energy providers in states with competitive electric markets.
Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), is the production of electricity, heat and hot water from the same natural gas or similar individual source. To be sure, natural gas is a fossil fuel, but CHP is greener than most natural gas energy production. The heat generated in electric production is typically wasted, but with CHP, such heat is captured and reused for space heating and hot water.
American DG Energy and other companies offer on-site CHP systems for buildings. On-site companies own and operate the systems, and sell power to building owners and users. Such a system may not be a practical option for many single-family homes, but may be ideal for apartment and condominium complexes. You will need a highly specialized HVAC expert to install such a system.
A similar solar option may be more practical for single-family homes. Instead of buying solar panels, homeowners can reduce upfront costs by leasing panels. Solar leasing companies such as SolarCity can install, operate and maintain solar panels on homes and other buildings. Homeowners then buy power at competitive rates from the panel operator.
Homeowners who are concerned about their carbon footprint have a range of clean energy options beyond the standard solar panel installation.