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Renewable energy source (RES)

Source which uses wind power, solar power, geothermal energy, sea waves, sea currents and tidal energy, or energy obtained from the fall of rivers and biomass energy, energy from landfill biogas as well as biogas produced in the process of sewage disposal and treatment or decomposition of plant and animal remains; Art. 3 point 20 of the Act of 10 April 1997 on Energy Law (Journal of Laws 1997 No. 54, item 348 with later amendments). Renewable energy sources are an alternative to traditional non-renewable primary energy (fossil fuels). Their resources are complementary in natural processes, which practically allows to treat them as inexhaustible. Moreover, obtaining energy from these sources as compared to the traditional sources (fossil), is more environmentally friendly. The use of renewable energy sources significantly reduces the harmful impact of energy on the environment, mainly by reducing harmful emissions, especially greenhouse gases.

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