What is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is energy derived from resources that are regenerative or for all practical purposes cannot be depleted. Types of renewable energy resources include moving water (hydro, tidal and wave power), thermal gradients in ocean water, biomass, geothermal energy, solar energy, and wind energy. Municipal solid waste (MSW) is also considered to be a renewable energy resource.

Electric cooperatives believe that electric power from federally owned hydroelectric projects are especially important sources of affordable electricity for electric co-ops. As one of  twenty-two North Carolina electric cooperatives who formed the not-for profit company, GreenCo Solutions, Inc., to assist in the creation of energy efficiency programs and the development of renewable energy resources, Union Power participates in joint programs and initiatives that help ensure a cleaner, greener North Carolina for all of us. Visit www.greencosolutions.net to learn more.

Electric Cooperative’s Renewable Map

Click below to learn more about solar and wind energy:

Solar Energy.pdf         Wind Energy.pdf



Created by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, NC Green Power is an independent nonprofit program dedicated to encouraging the development of renewable energy. It is designed to help improve the quality of the environment by allowing North Carolinians to choose cleaner “greener” energy solutions. Click here to learn more.