For years solar power has been considered a niche industry, and one that was only available to people who were both wealthy and ecologically minded. However, in the year 2015 solar power is one of the fastest growing industries in America according to PV-Tech, and residential solar is leading the pack.
Residential Solar: A (Mostly) Untapped Resource
The face of residential solar has changed a great deal over the past several years. What was once an unreasonably expensive endeavor (due to the cost of solar panels, labor, etc.) has now become something most homeowners can afford. Thanks to cheaper panels, faster installation, and affordable financing more homeowners than ever before are installing solar panels on their roofs.
However, homeowners aren’t the only ones in the game.
According to Reuters electricity utilities are starting to eye customers’ roofs as well. While utility companies have long fought against solar power (and in many states that’s still the case), more and more of them are realizing the potential that residential solar power has. If a utility could install solar panels on every roof in town, or in a county, that means it’s bringing in a huge amount of power. That big of an increase means fewer problems providing power to its customers, and it also means there’s less need for more conventional fossil fuels. This, in turn, means that utilities have access to cleaner energy which costs less over the long-term, keeping energy costs steady and predictable.
By making small changes on a big scale, residential solar power has the ability to make real, lasting change in the United States, as well as the world. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s possible that a green energy future has gone from a pipe dream to a very achievable reality.
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