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GEOTHERMAL POWER is power extracted from heat stored
beneath the earth. This energy originates from the original
formation of the earth, from the decay of minerals, and from
solar energy absorbed at the surface. Worldwide, geothermal
plants have the capacity to generate about 10 GW as of 2007, and in practice
generate 0.3% of global electricity demand. An additional 28 GW of direct
heating capacity is installed for district heating, space heating, spas, industrial
processes, desalination and agricultural applications. Geothermal power
is cost effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly, but has historically
been limited to areas near tectonic plates. Recent advances have dramatically
the range and size of viable resources, especially for applications such as
home heating, opening a potential for worldwide exploitation. Supposedly,
the first geothermal generator was completed on 4 July 1904 in Italy. The
largest group of geothermal power generating stations in the world is located
in California, United States.
One of the most common ways that consumers or home owners can utilize the
earths internal temperature is by installing a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
in their homes.  Yes, they are more expensive initially, however, typical payback is
about 5 years. Two of the biggest residential geothermal companies are Climate Master
and Water Furnace.

Visit the links at the top of this page for details on geothermal products and information from our partners.