wind and solar power - 49A) b) Wind Power and Solar Energy...

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49A) b) Wind Power and Solar Energy Today’s methods of generating electricity poses many different arrays of problems. Nuclear energy produces the majority of Ontario’s electricity; however it produces very toxic spent fuels which are difficult to dispose of. Hydro-electricity is another great source but they are almost fully developed with not much room for improvement. With increasing concerns over global warming and higher costs of fossil fuels, coal-fired plants are not viewed as energy sources of the future. A solution to these problems would be to look at renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar energy. Wind and solar power only generates about 1.5% of Ontario’s electricity. This low number slowly increases every year. The reason for the slow growth is that they are less efficient as traditional methods of generating electricity. Wind power works like a hydro-electric plant. Instead of water spinning a turbine to produce electricity a large fan like structure uses wind to spin the turbine. Solar power is very different. They use solar cells called photovoltaic cells
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