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Growing Green Energy in the Backyard

Communities around the world are finding innovative ways to produce and distribute clean energy while maintaining tradition. Solar-powered spinning wheels and wind turbine farms are the result.

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    Inside the ‘Energy Villages’ Powering Germany’s Green Transition

    Inside the ‘Energy Villages’ Powering Germany’s Green Transition

    The Virtual Citizen Power Plant is a small army of like-minded neighbors in the Black Forest region of Germany who are leading the revolution of energy sharing.

    Solar power helps Indian women make light work of spinning

    Solar power helps Indian women make light work of spinning

    An ancient art gets a modern twist: Indian women are getting solar-powered spinning wheels. The project in the rural state of Uttar Pradesh followed a separate nationwide 2018 scheme, 'Mission Solar Charkha', with the aim of providing the wheels to create jobs for up to 100,000 people - from spinners to stitchers - in 50 areas or 'clusters' across India.

    Shifting Winds

    Shifting Winds

    Iowa has a lot of land, and a lot of wind. So farmers, energy companies — aided by federal tax credits — are joining up to "plant" wind turbines. The result is thousands of megawatts of green energy, reliable income streams to offset bad harvests, and substantial private sector profits.

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