There has always been a misconception that green and renewable energy means the same thing. Despite the overlap of the terms, some significant unique meanings exist between the two. Here are the differences between green energy and renewable energy.
What Is Green Energy?
Green energy is a term used to describe various forms of renewable energy considered environmentally friendly. These include solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal. Green energy is often seen as a preferable alternative to fossil fuels in modern times.
What Is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is a term used to describe forms of energy that can naturally be replenished on a human timescale. These include sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. The sources are sustainable, and they cannot run out.
Creation of the Energy
Green energy is created from the natural sources that produce energy without compromising the existence of future generations. Green energy has the lowest environmental footprint. On the other hand, renewable energy is sourced from naturally occurring sources and is naturally replaced within an average human’s lifetime existence.
Impact of the Energy
Green energy has been confirmed to be the most environmentally friendly with no negative effect on the environment. On the other hand, renewable energy may have some ecological impacts on the environment based on the processes used to create the energy.
Renewal of the Energy
Renewable energy sources cannot be depleted because they are naturally replenished. However, the energy flow is limited to what can be captured at a specific time. That is, you cannot make more wind or the sun than what is already provided by nature. On the other hand, green energy comes from renewable sources of energy. Therefore, it is available as long as renewable energy is provided.
Green energy and renewable energy are two terms that are often used interchangeably in South Central Texas. Renewable energy is a subset of green energy, which means that all renewable energies are green, but not all green energies are renewable. If you’re interested in learning more about green energy or how installing solar panels and battery storage can help you use renewable energy to save on your electricity costs, call us at GVEC Solar Services today!