25 Encouraging Facts About Clean Energy

Posted by , Updated on January 11, 2018


With climate change becoming a serious problem, and many countries still reluctant, unwilling, and addicted to fossil fuels, the state of the world might seem like it’s at an all-time low. However, an energy revolution is in full swing with the United States, the European Union, and many other countries making drastic changes to their energy sources with new efficient technologies, wind, solar, and hydroelectric power become cheaper and more attractive by the day. By investing in clean energy, we can fight climate change and have a better Earth for years to come. Here are 25 Encouraging Facts About Clean Energy.


Believing in its benefits, both Walmart and Microsoft put big investments into renewable and clean energy like wind and solar. Not having to depend on fossil fuels and the price fluctuations will help businesses have a better edge in the future.

microsoftSource: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-marston/10-clean-energy-facts-that_b_13136164.html

The European Union, with the exception of Poland and Greece, said they will not make anymore coal plants by 2020. It was a surprise announcement and a ringing endorsement for moving toward clean sources of energy.

euSource: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/05/the-end-of-coal-eu-energy-companies-pledge-no-new-plants-from-2020

The standard wind turbine can power up to 300 homes, an achivement to be celebrated. Recently, a German company built a turbine that could even power up to 4,000 homes.

wind turbineSource: https://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/powering-4000-homes-one-wind-turbine.html, https://www.terrapass.com/10-facts-renewable-energy

With technological advancements in solar becoming more efficient and cost-effective, not to mention the fact it doesn't pollute the environment, solar power is likely to become the primary source of clean energy in the future.

solar panelSource: http://fortune.com/2014/09/29/solar-power-could-be-worlds-main-energy-source-by-2050/

According to the conservation group WWF, clean energy can meet 95% of the world's energy needs by 2050.

earthSource: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-renewables-wwf/renewables-can-meet-world-energy-needs-by-2050-wwf-idUSTRE71201T20110203


Bike sharing programs have grown substantially around the world. More than 800 cities in 56 countries have programs with 1 million bikes in circulation.

city bikesSource: https://www.ecowatch.com/7-facts-that-prove-the-renewable-energy-revolution-has-arrived-1882041987.html

With clean energy growing in popularity, nuclear energy has begun to decline due to rising costs and safety concerns. From 2006 to 2014, nuclear energy dropped by 14%.

nuclear power

If we took advantage of the full extent of the sun's power, one hour could power the world for an entire year.

sunSource: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/solar-power/

Portugal took a huge step forward in clean energy. In five years, they went from 15 to 45 precent renewables on their electric grid, proving countries can make big changes in a short time.

portugal wind farmSource: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/10/science/earth/10portugal.html

Clean energy is great for jobs. According a report by the Environmental Defense Fund, renewable energy is beating out the rest of the U.S. economy in job creation by 12%.

solar panelsSource: http://edfclimatecorps.org/sites/edfclimatecorps.org/files/the_growth_of_americas_clean_energy_and_sustainability_jobs.pdf

China is also serious about transforming their economy toward clean energy. They built two wind turbines a day in 2014.

Wind_farm_xinjiangSource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25623400

West Virginia could kick its coal habit and focus instead on geothermal power. After a study was done by Southern Methodist University, it was determined West Virginia could power its entire state with just 2% of its geothermal power.

west virginiaSource: https://cleantechnica.com/2010/10/13/google-hits-geothermal-jackpot-in-west-virginia/

Right now, conserving water is more important than ever. Thankfully, clean energy like wind and solar use very little water, with solar needing 26 gallons and wind requiring zero. In contrast, fossil fuels require 687 gallons of water.

waterSource: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-marston/10-clean-energy-facts-that_b_13136164.html

The United Kingdom reached a huge milestone in 2016. 50% of their energy now is from renewable and low-carbon sources.

bio busSource: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/22/uk-hits-clean-energy-milestone-50-of-electricity-from-low-carbon-sources

Clean energy helps to remove reliance on fossil fuels, creating economic stability by avoiding unnecessarily high oil prices.

gas pumpSource: https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/renewable-energy/public-benefits-of-renewable-power#.WleHMpM-c1J

With hurricanes and other disruptive events becoming more common and severe, clean energy is a more stable source of energy than coal because they're distributed and modular.

wind farm stormSource: https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/renewable-energy/public-benefits-of-renewable-power#.WleHMpM-c1J

Electric cars have a number of clean benefits, including cleaner air, less reliance on fossil fuels, and the ability to charge at home or stations that are solar powered.

electric car

A study by Harvard University showed that the public health effects of coal cost an estimated $74.6 billion every year. Thankfully, with clean energy producing no pollution, these costs can be significantly reduced.

smogSource: https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/renewable-energy/public-benefits-of-renewable-power#.WleHMpM-c1J

While we know fossil fuels are non-renewable, which will inevitably make them more expensive, clean energy from the wind and sun is infinite, meaning the cost is stable and we won't have to worry about energy scarcity.

moneySource: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-marston/10-clean-energy-facts-that_b_13136164.html

The largest solar plant is in the Mojave Desert, owned by NRG Solar, Google, and BrightStar Energy. It's spread over 3,500 acres of land, soaking in and harnessing the sun.

solar plantSource: https://gizmodo.com/22-amazing-renewable-energy-projects-that-pave-the-way-1762021945

Hydroelectric power is also a good source of clean energy. In the U.S. alone, about 160 million tons of carbon emissions were avoided in 2004 because of hydropower.

hydroelectric powerSource: https://naturalresources.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=8267

Wind farms don't just have to be on land. In 2013, the London Array, the world's largest offshore wind farm, began operations.

wind farm offshoreSource: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/windpower/9427156/The-London-Array-the-worlds-largest-offshore-wind-farm.html

Clean energy doesn't have to be wind and solar, either. Siemens started the first plant converting biogas from a sewage treatment plant into electricity to power its servers.

biogasSource: https://phys.org/news/2014-11-green-center-autonomous-power.html

Researchers at the University of Tokyo plan to utilize the world's deserts to power half the planet by 2050. How, you might ask? The silicone from sand can be converted to electricity.

desertSource: https://www.fastcompany.com/1706372/sahara-solar-project-aims-power-planet-sand

Of the world's natural energy sources, the oceans are the most untapped but could prove useful. Currently, some of the only ocean water plants in the world are in Norway, France, and Hawaii.

wavesSource: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science-and-technology/technology/technology-terms-and-concepts/renewable-energy
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