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The Solar Energy Blog

Opinions and viewpoints concerning renewable energy

Solar power is a trend, no doubt about that. But how fast will it really spread? We all know the importance of sustainable power sources, but is it reasonable to expect that the switch to green energy will be painless? In this article, I'll try to answer the question "What we can expect to happen in the US related to solar energy in the near (and not so near) future?".

Where are we now?

Solar energy has been with us for some time. It’s no longer unusual to see rooftop solar panels or larger solar farms. With technology development, solar panels have become widely used and it isn’t just clean energy enthusiasts who install them: people are installing them as a form of investment.

It's never been easier to enjoy the benefits of solar power. Continued technological innovation have made solar panels more affordable than ever before, and many homeowners are taking advantage of lease options, which eliminates their financial and maintenance-related responsibility for the panels while simultaneously slashing their household's energy spending.

According to a study from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, 2013's third quarter marked the largest quarter ever for solar or photovoltaic (PV) installations yet. Homeowners appreciate the fact that:

  • In all but a few states, utility companies pay homeowners for excess energy generation by crediting future energy bills.
  • Solar power is a key feature in sustainable homes or developments striving to meet net-zero or Passive House standards.
  • A PV system scores LEED points both directly, and indirectly, depending on the percentage of the building's total energy consumption the system will offset. (Note: this point tally increases with the addition of a cool metal roof.
  • According to Appraisal Journal, every $1 saved by a home's solar energy system increases the home's value by $20.

Piggy bank

It’s common  knowledge that solar energy is good for the environment. But is it possible to maximize solar usage not just for the earth, but also for your wallet? As solar energy becomes increasingly affordable, the financial incentives that come along with installing solar panels are just as persuasive as the green incentives.

There’s a reason why almost 645,000 US homes and businesses made the choice to switch to solar energy in 2014 -- it’s because solar panels are a smart investment that save homeowners much more than what it costs to install them. Why waste the environment and your money when the earth is hit with over 8 million quads (1 quad = 1,000,000,000,000,000 BTU) of clean, renewable solar energy every year?

The White House announced plans to not only increase programs for energy efficiency but also to have the Department of Energy increase its investment in programs designed to get military veterans involved in the transformation of how this country generates its energy.

Bob Miller Solar In Orlando

America has long questioned whether or not customers would be interested in renewable energy as a source of energy. This question has found its answer as all around the nation as utility companies and consumers rework the grid to add in more renewable energy sources. Florida is famously known as the “Sunshine State”, so the installation of solar panels in Orlando should be an obviously effective and reliable source of alternative energy. Orlando’s utility provider, Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has sold out a total of 400kW of renewable energy in an alarming six days. Solar, wind, and all forms of renewable energy are clearly emerging as a logical next step for energy creation. This progression looks as if it won’t be slowing down any time soon considering many of the obvious benefits I will discuss below.