Alternative power refers to electric power generated from alternative sources of energy. Alternative power is the electricity derived from solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, tidal energy and biomass.
The benefits of using alternative power are many. Solar power, wind power and hydro power are environment friendly. They do not emit any harmful or toxic substances into the atmosphere that could be hazardous for the health. Alternative sources of energy that are used to generate alternative power are available freely in the nature. They are renewable which means that they can be used again and again.
Alternative power is also a cost effective source of energy available. Alternative power is readily available for use and can be used for many purposes.
Though there are several advantages of using alternative power, a few limitations are also associated with it. The main limitation of using alternative power is concerned with the financial aspects. The installation of power generating systems to produce alternative power is very expensive. Usually, a lot of costs are incurred on maintaining and operating power generation systems.
However, the benefits and the amount of alternative power generated by these systems overshadow the costs. That is why alternative power is considered to be cost effective.
Alternative power is the only source of energy that has the potential to meet the energy demands of the future. Therefore, the development of alternative power as a source of energy must be carefully planned. Also, strategies must be made so that alternative power can be reliably and efficiently used as a power mechanism.