The Surge of Solar Installations in Rural America
2015 and 2016 were great years for the American solar industry. According to GTM research, the United States recorded a 97 percent increase to 14,672 megawatts in solar installation in 2016. Residential solar installation also increased by 19 percent to 2,583 MW, and commercial/nonresidential solar installation increased 49 percent to 1,586 megawatts. Utility projects were the main driver, increasing by 148 percent to 10, 593 MW in the same year. First Solar was the leading installer, building three of the five biggest solar projects last year.
However, though 2016 was an incredible year, 2017 might not be. Solar installations are expected to reduce by about 7 per cent and further decline in 2018 due to lack of utility demand. But residential and commercial solar markets are expected to continue growing in the coming years.
The causes of this boom varies widely across the types of rural areas in United States, but it appears that the majority of the growth is a response to consumer demand. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) reports that 59% of solar companies were motivated by consumer demand for solar offerings, while 68% stated they were driven by their desire to increase consumer satisfaction. Another 43% pointed to the reducing cost of solar development. Basically, solar energy has tremendous benefits: it derives clean and pure energy from the sun. Therefore, installing solar panels on your home helps to combat the emission of greenhouse gas and reduces dependence on fossil fuel.
Not only are fossil fuels bad for the environment, but they are also a finite resource. Their limited nature creates a volatile market where the prices can skyrocket in a short period. Solar power on the other hand, provides reliability. This is because the rising and setting of the sun is consistent all over the world. Since we know when it will rise and set daily, it’s an extremely reliable source of energy. In addition to reliability, no one can buy the sun and create a monopoly. Along with the simplicity of solar panels, this provides a notable solar energy advantage of energy security.
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Bay Area customers can reduce their electric power carbon footprint by installing solar panels. Taking this action will vastly accelerate America’s attainment of its clean power plan goals. At Century Roof Tile, we specialize in the installation of roofs. Our organization pays particular attention to ensure that all roof components as well as solar systems, are designed to work together efficiently. We deliver superior projects and stand behind every roof and solar energy solution we install. Contact our team today at (510) 780-9489 or fill out our online contact form here.