Buying and Making Electricity

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You can make your own electricity by installing a small solar electric (photovoltaic) system at your home.
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You can take advantage of clean, renewable energy by buying "green power" or by making your own electricity with a small home renewable energy system. Learn the purchasing options available in your area, or learn how to plan your own system and choose the right technology for your location and electricity needs. Explore the following topics:

Using Renewable Energy at Home

Buying Clean Electricity
You have the option to purchase renewable electricity, either directly from your power supplier, from an independent clean power generator, or thro...
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Planning for Home Renewable Energy Systems
Planning for a home renewable energy system is a process that includes analyzing your existing electricity use, looking at local codes and requirem...
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Using Solar Electricity at Home
A small solar electric or photovoltaic system can be a reliable and pollution-free producer of electricity for your home or office.
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Planning a Home Solar Electric System
How do I get solar panels on my house?
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Benefits of Residential Solar Electricity
What are the benefits of solar energy?
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Small Wind Electric Systems
Small wind electric systems are one of the most cost-effective home-based renewable energy systems -- with zero emissions and pollution.
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Hybrid Wind and Solar Electric Systems
Need a reliable source of renewable power? Consider combining wind and solar systems to produce power when you need it.
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Microhydropower Systems
Do you have a stream on your property? Microhydropower may provide a simple and reliable source of electricity for your home.
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