Clean Energy Guide

If you’re new to renewable energy and energy efficiency, or an old hand, you’ll find the links in this section to be very helpful in learning about, and keeping up with, clean energy technologies.

We’ve broken this section down by technology. However, some pages apply to many technologies, and so you will find them below.

General Clean Energy Links

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy. This site contains detailed descriptions of renewable energy and energy efficiency grants, loans, and other assistance offered by state energy, agriculture and commerce departments.

Energy Tax Incentives. This organization is run by government agencies, non-profit and other organizations. They have created the Tax Incentives Assistance Project designed to help consumers and business reduce their federal income tax by using energy efficient products and technologies.

ATTRA. The National Center for Appropriate Technology has a number of factsheets on all aspects of sustainable agriculture, including energy conservation and on-farm production opportunities.

The Energy Foundation. Its report, The New Harvest: Biofuels and Wind Power for Rural Revitalization and National Energy Security provides a detailed overview of the potential for alternative energy sources to address two major national challenges and the specific policies to cultivate renewable energy production.

25x’25. The 25 x ’25 Alliance champions the vision that 25% of U.S. energy consumption should be derived from U.S. working lands, particularly farms, by 2025. Visit their web site to learn more about 25 x ’25’s coalition-building efforts.

USDA’s Energy and Agriculture Paper. Energy and Agriculture [pdf], a major discussion paper by the USDA, “describes the current role of U.S. agriculture in energy production and efforts to conserve energy use in agriculture, discusses and evaluates current key energy programs administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and concludes with a discussion of policy approaches to address issues associated with energy and agriculture.”