According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the annual consumption of fossil fuels in 2020 reached 72.9 quadrillion British thermal units. The most well-known disadvantage of the use of non-renewable energy sources is the emission of greenhouse gases. When these rare carbons are burned, they release carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.
Many utility companies use solar and wind energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. Companies have been adding these renewable resources to the power grid infrastructure. Even while investing in heavy equipment, utility companies can optimize their spending.
Keep reading to learn more about how different types of energy can help turn a profit.
What are Solar and Wind Energy?
Solar energy is converted into thermal and electrical energy. This is the world’s cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source. Solar technology has allowed personal users and energy companies to harness the sun’s energy.
Wind turbines convert kinetic energy into mechanical power. Wind power is growing in popularity. In fact, wind power is the second most used source of electricity in the United States.
Wind power is collected through wind turbines. When wind moves the turbines, it creates electricity. This energy is immediately transmitted through distribution lines to power homes and businesses.
Utility Company’s Power Grid Infrastructure
Utility companies manage access to a power grid. Power distribution grids are electrical networks that produce and distribute energy.
Customers used to be required to disconnect from their local power grid in order to use their own renewable enegry sources.
These networks were previously made exclusively of nonrenewable energy providers. Utility companies have grown more environmentally conscious. Because of this, they have begun adding wind and solar production plants to their power grid infrastructure.
Heavy Equipment to Extract Clean Energy
Solar energy is generated from a solar system. These can be either small domesticates systems or large-scale industrial operations. These solar systems are made of panels, inverters, racks, and storage batteries.
When installed this rack and panel system will be positioned to absorb the maximum amount of sunlight. Once the sunlight touches the panel it will generate a direct current of electricity. This strand of DC energy will be carried through the invert into potable electricity.
Wind turbines require a strong foundation, tower, rotator, nacelle, and generator. The foundation and tower work give the turbine height so the rotator can use aerodynamics to spin. The nacelle and generator work to carry the energy into electrical energy.
Choose Green Energy
Building a base for renewable energy production requires a lot of heavy equipment. Many companies are deterred by the hefty input costs. Once you overcome start-up costs, solar and wind energy production can help you cut costs.
Considering adding a wind farm or solar power plant? Expand your utility company’s power grid infrastructure. Use our custom trucks to facilitate adding solar and wind energy. Contact us for information on our equipment to help you make these changes.