Solar Energy News

What's happening around the world in the solar industry and how it might affect you
SolarCity now installing rooftop solar in Florida

SolarCity’s recent announcements that it’s launching services in South Carolina and Florida could indicate a big policy shift toward more favorable solar regulations in the Southeast US.

Historically, the Sunshine State has been one of the darkest for the country’s rapidly growing solar industry. Florida ranks third in the nation for solar potential, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, but only 14th for actual installed capacity. It’s almost laughable that notoriously cloudy states like New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York rank higher than sunny Florida for rooftop solar installation.

Trump will be bad for the future of rooftop solar

Donald Trump’s White House is not likely to be good for the future of utility-scale or rooftop solar energy or for the future of the planet. The good news is that solar energy has enough momentum to shine through the cloudy two to four years ahead.

Trump is among those who believe the vast majority of the globe’s best scientific minds are behind an elaborate “hoax,” aimed at fraudulently convincing the public that humans and their fossil fuels are damaging the environment, leading to dramatic climate change and the rapid melting of polar ice caps.

Vermont Solar Farm

South Burlington, Vermont broke ground this month on a new solar array capping the city landfill. The brownfield solar development is expected to save city taxpayers more than $5 million over its 25-year life on power for the municipal government and the local schools.

The new array in South Burlington would be especially noteworthy in a state like Alabama or Wisconsin, both of which have more sunny days a year than Vermont on average. But neither of those states have nearly the emphasis on solar that Vermont does.

Solar Growth

Solar panel costs are low and slipping ever lower. That means rooftop solar will become increasingly easy for the average person to adopt, and increasingly economically advantageous.