Alternative Energy & Modular Buildings: A Green Solution
Now more than ever, discussions about climate change and global warming are at the forefront of people’s minds. During the 2020 pandemic, we witnessed levels of pollution decrease and wildlife flourishing in ways we haven’t seen in decades. Now that the world is beginning to open back up, we are becoming more conscientious of our impact on the world around us and ways in which we can create a more sustainable lifestyle.
Today, alternative energy companies are on the rise- with wind and solar industries driving a clean energy revolution. Here’s what you need to know about renewable energy and what to anticipate for the future.
What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy, often referred to as clean energy, comes from natural resources that are continuously replenished. Although they are virtually inexhaustible, they are dependent upon weather conditions.
According to a study by the University of Michigan, renewable resources are projected to grow astronomically in the coming years.
Benefits of Wind Energy
(statistics by The University of Michigan)
- U.S. onshore wind resources have the potential to generate almost 11,000 GW of electricity, 106 times more than the current installed capacity of 103.6 GW.
- Wind turbines could displace 4,600 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year in the United States.
- A 2015 study by the U.S. Department of Energy found wind energy could provide 20% of all U.S. electricity by 2030 and 35% by 2050.
- The 2019 U.S. wind capacity avoided an estimated 189 million metric tons of CO2 emissions and reduced water use by about 103 billion gallons compared with conventional power plants.
- Annual avian mortality from collisions with turbines is 0.2 million, compared with 130 million mortalities due to power lines. The wind industry has been testing methods that potentially reduce bat mortality by more than 50%.
“Moving forward, the U.S. wind industry remains a critical part of the Energy Department’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to cut carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy and bring the next generation of American-made clean energy technologies to market.” (U.S. Dept of Energy)
Facts About Solar Energy
Solar power is energy that is sourced by the sun and converted into electrical or thermal energy. Not only is solar power a sustainable resource, but it is also the cleanest and most abundant renewable resource available today (SEIA). Here are some facts about solar energy:
- Solar energy is on the rise. In 2019, PV installations reached an all-time high, resulting in solar energy making up 40% of new generating capacity.
- Solar PV modules could supply the entire national electricity demand by covering just 0.6% of land.
- The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the price of solar energy by 50% by the year 2030.
- Further projections estimate that 33% of U.S. electricity demand will be met by solar.
- It’s estimated that there could be an 18% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.
- Studies show that home buyer’s pay a premium for solar panels. Since they are viewed as upgrades, purchasing a solar energy system will likely increase your home’s value by about $15,000.
Other forms of alternative energy include tidal energy, biomass energy, and geothermal power, to name a few. But if there’s one thing these energy industries have in common, it’s that they can each benefit from the usage of modular buildings for their operations.
Modular Buildings for Alternative Energy Industries
Modular buildings are ideal for alternative energy companies because they are environmentally friendly in nature. In fact, modular building construction continues to be a front-runner in the field of green building practices and sustainability. This is due to the way they are manufactured in facilities, rather than on-site construction.
Modular Buildings and Sustainability
- Less Materials Waste– Each year, 40% of landfill waste comes from construction methods. Fortunately, with modular, this is eliminated because of the way they are manufactured in a controlled environment.
- Less Moisture Damage– Modular buildings are constructed in a climate-controlled setting using dry materials. The potential for high levels of moisture being trapped in the new construction is all but eliminated, unlike traditional work sites.
- Recyclable– Modular buildings can be reused time and time again, and even transported to different locations. Their adaptability and reusable nature are great for alternative energy companies.
- LEED Construction– Modular buildings can be constructed to meet the highest LEED certification standards. LEED buildings use less energy, water, and even reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save you money too.
How Do Alternative Energy Companies Use Modular?
Modular buildings provide energy companies with cost-effective space so that they can have smooth-running operations for their staff and employees. The following are examples of what types of buildings they can benefit from:
- Administrative & Management Offices
- Engineering & Project Management Offices
- Security Offices
- In-Plant Offices
- Wellness Clinics Labs
- Break Rooms
- Locker Rooms
- Training Facilities
There are endless options for modular buildings since they can be completely customizable. They come in both temporary and permanent building options. They are also great for remote locations. Additionally, they’re budget friendly and can be leased, financed, or purchased.
For more information on modular buildings for alternative energy providers, check out our resources below. Or contact us today to receive a quote for your upcoming construction project: firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 438-8627.