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Solar Wind Bio-based Tidal Wave Energy efficiency (buildings, products) • New transport designs • How can consumers support the development of renewables? • What kind of subsidies and economic incentives? • Where can more information be found? • GET INVOLVED!

Just 5% of wave energy in the UK could provide a similar generation capacity to that of the nuclear industry. What plans for Ireland? ” The EU aims for 22% of electricity consumption from renewable sources in 2010. • • • • • • Solar Wind Bio-based Tidal Wave Energy efficiency (buildings, products) • New transport designs • How can consumers support the development of renewables? • What kind of subsidies and economic incentives? • Where can more information be found? • GET INVOLVED!

EU target: 1 millon solar roofs by 2010 • Active solar heating (solar thermal) systems more attractive financially • Heating water for domestic use = pay back in 6-8 years • Subsidies given by many governments Wind energy could provide 29% world demand by 2030 if serious energy efficiency measures implemented at the same time Modern wind turbines annually produces 180 times more electricity at less than half the cost per unit than its equivalent 20 years ago • 2003 North Hoyle United Kingdom - UK's first wind farm in the Irish Sea to supply 50,000 homes with power • Noise level at 250 metres can be as low as 42 decibels (less .

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