Five renewable energy FAQs

Want to know more about renewable energy? Here are some quick facts to get under your belt.

1. What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy refers to any kind of energy source that isn’t a fossil fuel – such as solar, wind and tidal. It also tends to include biomass and nuclear, although these are more controversial as renewable sources. Biomass is considered carbon neutral at best and nuclear energy produces nuclear waste.

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2. Why is renewable energy important?

Renewable energy doesn’t damage the environment in the way that burning fossil fuels does. The UK has committed to being carbon-neutral, or ‘net zero‘ by 2050.

3. What opportunities does renewable energy offer to the economy?

From solar panel installers Clevedon to wind farms off the Humber coast, renewable energy is helping the UK to build a strong economy based on clean energy, providing thousands of jobs in the process. Find out more here:

4. Is renewable energy more expensive?

No. The technology is continually refining, which means that the cost of it becomes cheaper as the technologies and materials become more widely available. For example, the cost of wind turbines has plummeted in recent years, as has domestic solar panel roofing.

5. How can I support renewable energy?

You can support renewables in different ways. Some households invest in their own air source heat pumps, or rooftop solar installations, for example. Others choose to buy renewable energy tariffs for their energy from energy providers. Still others will look at ways to invest their pensions and other investments into clean energy and similar ethical funds.

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Renewable energy is the future, and it certainly offers an exciting opportunity for the world to clear up its pollution whilst supporting growth and energy security – all key concerns in an increasingly globalised and complex world.