Solar Energy News

What's happening around the world in the solar industry and how it might affect you
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.

A Washington D.C.-based solar research and education nonprofit released its annual solar jobs census earlier this month, which found that employment in the U.S. solar industry grew by more than 20 percent in 2015.