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A Push for Renewable Energy

The Sierra Club would like to see more renewable energy used.

On Tuesday night in Endicott, the local chapter of the club demonstrated small gadgets that are powered by solar energy--the type of gadgets which the Sierra Club says could eventually play a big part in everyday energy needs for households.

This device was powered by a small solar cell producing about a half amp to spin the propeller. 

"Now most solar panels out there today are made of silicon, which is good because silicon is the second most common element on earth. So we're not going to run out of it. In fact sand is made out of silicon dioxide. So solar cells are essentially made from sand," said Gay Canough the President of ETM Solar Works.

According to Canough, solar power not only reduces the need for fossil fuels, saves money, but also promises new manufacturing jobs.



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