US Exceeding Solar Records In 2015
As the temperature climbs around the globe, people have become more aware of the impact their daily life has on climate change. 2015 was the hottest summer on record in the Pacific Northwest, but another record is being set in the United States: solar energy implementation has begun to boom.
With lowered manufacturing costs, tax incentives, financing options, and a desire for sustainable energy, solar power is rapidly becoming the first choice for energy in the United States. In fact, solar energy in residential dwellings has grown 70%, according to The Solar Energy Industries Association. In the past, cost has been a prohibitive factor for many homeowners. The average cost of installing solar panels has dropped 9% as well, contributing to the increase in interest and implementation.
The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has committed to making the state’s energy 50% renewable sources by 2030. Meanwhile, Vermont has gone 100% green. These examples show how possible and probable the future of sustainable energy can be for any state or country.
While no one expected the transition from fossil fuels to green energy to happen overnight, the change has (until now) been very slow. It’s exciting to see the lower cost, heightened awareness, and political actions being taken to ensure that sustainable clean energy is a reality for the future. Dependence on foreign, filthy oil and other sources of energy that are not environmentally friendly have been a cornerstone of industry all over the world. However, the tides are finally changing and the world is waking up to the need for sustainable energy.
Another win for solar energy is jobs. The demand for solar energy has created over 150,000 new jobs for the US economy. On the federal level, the SunShot initiative will only increase the number of jobs for sustainable energy professionals through 2030. The SunShot initiative laid out plans to have solar energy increased in the United States from its current 1% share of energy provided to 14% by 2030.
Solar energy is great for the environment and the economy. Most solar energy companies hope to see an even greater awareness and implementation of solar energy in the very near future. Over the next 15 years, the U.S. plans to make great strides in public solar energy. Hopefully, the federal and state governments will continue to create and provide incentives for homeowners and local businesses to install solar energy capabilities in their homes or businesses.
Solar energy helps reduce our carbon footprint drastically. By using solar energy over fossil fuels, you are saving the environment one light switch at a time. Early adopters of solar technology speak about advantages beyond the environment, too. For example, solar energy is extremely cost effective on a monthly basis. Your heating, cooling, and electric costs can be greatly reduced by the installation of solar panels.
Sun energy is not just hype: it’s the power source of the future.