According to the latest Pew Research, most Americans support environmental protection: 71% of those surveyed support taking all measures possible to protect the environment, and 56% support stricter environmental regulations despite the costs. Earlier this year, Pew also reported solar as the largest growing sector of renewable markets from 2009 to 2013 with a more than $12 billion investment.
These findings may impact the upcoming election, especially as campaigns gear up and candidates pick their anticipated winning states according to the issues. Voters in states already benefiting from solar energy are likely to support candidates pushing a clean energy agenda, especially as 2015 and 2016 continue the solar trend.
Solar energy, a clean, renewable and versatile energy source that operates both independently and cooperatively with traditional energy sources such as gas, oil and electricity, spotlights in the upcoming election discussions of environmental protection and cost savings to the consumer as more states climb aboard the solar energy train.
After all, harnessing the sun’s energy makes sense. The sun already provides energy for life on earth through photosynthesis, the naturally occurring energy conversion process that produces oxygen from sunlight radiation. Even more, scientific and technological advancements in systems of solar radiation conversion into heat or electricity promise a more expansive application to residents who use this readily available renewable energy source.
Two types of solar radiation conversion systems most notably exist. The first, solar photovoltaics, is the more commonly known conversion system to electricity using silicon panels that conduct sunlight. Residential homeowners who install roof solar panels save on electricity costs throughout the year and benefit from state incentives such as tax breaks for installation.
The second, solar thermal systems, stores heat from the sun for use in water heaters and greenhouses in buildings designed for solar energy usage. Again, further engineering advancements and economic incentives promise benefits to all.
With increased popular support and state incentives to utilities for solar use, we can expect a commensurate drop in costs for solar energy across the nation. Projections by many industry experts concur that by 2017 over half the states will enjoy solar energy priced competitively to or better than local grid prices.
Sustainable Energy, however, is not only the wave of the future but the mandate of the present: preservation of valuable individual and national resources;contact us to help you configure your one-stop solar needs and options.