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The Solar Revolution is Booming But It Needs You

Despite supply constraints last year, the solar industry is booming—and demand is expected to increase significantly over the next several years. In areas where the sun shines reliably (like where you live), there is no longer an excuse to pass on going solar.

As outlined in previous emails, the economic benefits (among others) are clear. You can own a system with zero money down and flatten your utility rate for the next several decades while increasing the value of your home. Your investment will pay for itself in no time then provide free, renewable energy from our sun—in turn building a cleaner, more sustainable planet.

But while the incentives for homeowners going solar make the choice clear, there are other parties who still need pressure to continue the fight in the Solar Revolution.

While homeowners can be motivated to go solar by helping the planet (cleaner air is better for all species and ensures a sustainable future), utility companies may see things a bit more reductively (change is hard and it’s all about money).

Your role vs. the utility company’s in the Solar Revolution

  • Your solar panels will add electricity back to the grid thus smoothing out the grid’s daily demand curve. Other members of your community will use the energy you’ve generated without the utility company having to ramp up their power plants to meet demand.
  • When you go solar, you reduce the amount of electricity that needs to be moved across transmission & distribution lines. The solar energy you create stays where it’s generated, lowering the stress of the grid because it doesn’t need to travel long distances (and there is always some energy loss during transmission).
  • Your steps toward energy independence actually offsets the cost of the utility company’s expansion & maintenance expenses.
  • Homeowners who sell energy back to the grid save money every month and sometimes completely offset the cost of their bill and therefore “take money away” from the utility companies. A short-sighted utility company may view this as a threat to their bottom line.
 
  • Residential solar energy requires a distributed grid infrastructure which is different from the current top-down, centralized model. For solar to thrive, the current grid configuration needs some improvements.

Ultimately, solar providers, homeowners and utility companies can join forces in the Solar Revolution for the greater good.

Homeowners & solar providers are working together to encourage utility companies to upgrade their infrastructure and offer net metering programs which incentivize solar power and eventually build a grid that is fully sustainable & resilient to environmental threats.

Zac Bishop

Zac Bishop

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