Renewable Energy Facts

Check out our top renewable energy facts. You'll be amazed

Before we get started, let's find out a bit more about the word energy. The word “energy” comes from the Greek energeia, meaning operation, activity. 

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Find the top renewable energy facts for 2016 below: 

The earth gets 174 Petawatts of incoming solar radiation in the upper atmosphere. About 30% is reflected back to space and the rest is absorbed by oceans, clouds and land masses.

For those that don't know what a Petawatt is, it's a big number. Petawatt is a power measurement unit. Petawatt (PW) is a derived metric measurement unit of power. The petawatt is equal to one billion millions watts.

A gigawatt of power will provide enough energy for about 700,000 homes. A Petawatt is 1,000,000 gigawatts therefore a PW can power 700,000,000,000 homes. 

174 Petawatts can power 121,800,000,000,000 homes. 

New renewable energy projects create 10 times more green jobs than similar-sized fossil fuel investments.

A study was carried out which concluded that renewable energy creates more jobs that fossil fuels by around one job per gigawatt hour of electricity saved or generated by a clear energy source. This is compared with 0.1 for electricity from coal or gas. 

If a person yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days, he or she would produce enough energy to heat one cup of coffee

Bit of a tangent but good to know.

By 2040, world energy consumption is expected to increase more than 56%.

 Energy demand is expected to increase considerably in the coming years as the result of population growth and economic development. Many people in the globe are currently experiencing dramatic changes in lifestyle as their economies make the transition from a subsistence to an industrial or service base. The largest increases in energy demand will take place in developing countries 

Now...lets look at this pretty infographic. 

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