With a new administration dedicated to green solutions in the energy and automotive sectors, the future looks strong for the renewable energy industry. While consumers are probably most familiar with solar and wind power, renewable energy has a number of other sources that are becoming more popular for commercial and residential applications. If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint and lowering emissions, here are some of the most popular green energy sources to fit your needs.

Solar Energy

Solar energy involves harnessing the power of the sun through photovoltaic panels. According to studies, this is perhaps the fastest-growing and most popular renewable energy solution. From 2020 to 2025, solar energy usage is expected to grow by 17.3%.

Wind Energy

Another self-explanatory renewable energy solution is wind power. Most commonly, these are turbines that spin in moderate to heavy winds. Many manufacturers recommend installing these in areas that have an average wind speed of at least 14 mph. And while wind farms used to be primarily at the industrial level, many businesses and residences are now finding wind turbines economical.

Hydro Energy

Hydroelectric dams and water wheels have been used by humans for nearly 2,000 years. But in the past 150 years, large-scale dams have provided vast amounts of power for countries across the globe. For example, in Peru, a massive investment in hydroelectric dams now supplies around 50% of the country’s total energy.


Small businesses and homeowners are also finding value in hydro energy through micro-hydropower systems. These systems act just like larger dams, but they channel energy individually to homes and businesses.

Tidal Energy

Tidal energy uses the natural rise and fall of ocean currents and tides to power a turbine. Much like hydropower, this movement of water spins a turbine that provides power. While this power usage is only feasible for businesses and homes on the coast, it’s becoming more popular in densely populated areas near the ocean.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is a byproduct of the heat consistently produced underneath the Earth’s surface. Rocks, water, and even soil can absorb heat from the mantle of the planet. In a geothermal plant, holes are drilled up to 2 miles into the Earth, which brings heated water to the surface that turns to steam and powers a turbine.

But in businesses and residences, geothermal energy is provided through a closed-loop system. This system is a series of underground pipes with water running through them. As the water goes through the system, it either heats or cools the structure via an exchanger. Due to its relatively low operating costs, it’s becoming more popular in areas with geothermal activity, such as California or Hawaii.

Biomass Energy

Biomass energy consists of plant and animal byproducts that are burned for heat or converted to a liquid that’s used as an energy source. But unlike some of the other items on this list, biomass produces air pollution. Still, it’s a better option than many fossil fuels, providing another option for homeowners and business owners.

Don’t Know What Renewable Energy Solution Works for You? Ask a Qualified Renewable Energy Consultant

Although a number of these green energy sources remain more expensive than others, that doesn’t mean you should rule them out. Instead, enlist the services of a qualified renewable energy consultant. By studying the current power situation at your business, an experienced consultant can make educated choices on the best power format to fit your needs. So before you plop down a huge chunk of money on renewable energy solutions that don’t fit your needs, go the extra mile and hire an energy consultant. You’ll be glad you did.

Our team at 3 Phases Renewables can help your business navigate all the requirements and ever-changing landscape of renewable energy.  Contact us to book an appointment and let’s team up to help your business succeed.