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North Americas, Awareness Raising

Solar Energy Virgin Islands Energy Office (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

Every day the sun radiates an enormous amount of energy.  The sun radiates more energy in one second than people have used since the beginning of time.  Solar Thermal power is heat energy obtained by exposing a collecting device to the rays of the sun.  A solar thermal system makes use of the warmth absorbed by the collector to heat water or another working fluid, or to make steam.  Hot water is used in homes or commercial buildings and for industrial processes. 

Consideration of Impacts on Water Quality and Quantity in the WREZ Process (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 29, 2015

Throughout much of the Western U.S., water is a scarce resource. Growing cities and power plants often compete directly with the agricultural sector - and environmental needs - for limited water supplies. Developing new, renewable energy supplies will have varied impacts on water resources. It is important that, in the process, renewable energy development does not contribute to or exacerbate water supply and quality challenges.

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