Written By: Mike Straub
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – right now, massive amounts of garbage are potential gold mines. The EPA estimates there are more than 100,000 full and abandoned landfills in the United States.
It turns out there is something to do with all that space – collect solar power. Landfills offer areas of land to absorb sunlight. A solar photovoltaic cover can cover the landfill like a tarp and can collect enough power to change lives. Recently, a landfill outside of Atlanta installed the world’s largest solar energy cap, producing enough electricity for 224 nearby homes.
In short, our power does not have to come from fossil feuls. So much effort goes into mining, drilling, and “fracking” for the next great burnable fuel source. It doesn’t always have to be so complicated. The sun is our greatest energy source – covering an old landfill with solar panels isn’t just a smart decision, but a simple idea that leads to huge rewards.
This is the same thought behind Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion. The sun pours mammoth amounts of energy into the oceans, heating the top layer of water. We tap into that water and create clean, base-load power. Nothing is burned, and the byproduct is clean drinking water. .
The oceans are the ultimate treasure chest of renewable energy. Who can drill up an argument against that?