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Decentralized energy production can encompass many things but in general, the idea focuses on moving power and energy generation away from centralized sources (currently controlled by corporations and governments) and into decentralized sources run and operated by the local people themselves. Energy production needs to be thought of as "appropriate", that the energy production needs to match the local environment and the needs of the people. In areas that have more sunlight, solar panels might be best. In areas with large rivers, hydroelectric might be best.
There is also a spectrum of the complexity of the technology. From passive/no tech , to appropriate technology, to low tech, combinations of low and high tech, and finally high technology. An example of a passive technology could be using passive solar energy to heat a home, instead of using electricity or burning carbon materials, or using fossil fuels.
Low-tech solutions might be using a pedal powered bike to run machinery like grinding grain to make flour, or sometimes to make electricity with a bike generator. Things like making washing machines that run on rainwater and use wind to move parts.
Low-tech+High-tech combo version energy generation might be using passive solar radiation to drive a steam engine, which then produces electricity. The input of energy does not require high tech inputs but these solutions can produce energy needed to power high-tech devices
High-tech solutions would be things like solar PV panels that require many high-tech methods and also require special resources to produce. High-tech solutions work best when combined with passive, low-tech and hybrid approaches, and can completely replace fossil fuels and other damaging energy generation methods.
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