The future is solar

solar power stationWithout a doubt, the future of energy will feature a much heavier mix of renewable power. The change is already happening. Home solar arrays continue to grow in popularity for a mix of economic, personal, and political reasons. Enough people have seen the writing on wall — and more importantly, in the checkbook — to drive sustained growth.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar installations have grown by an annual rate of about 50 percent for the past decade, a hugely influential period of time that also saw solar costs fall by more than 70 percent. The developments we’ve seen over the past 10 years mark what we can only describe as a social and technological revolution. People are no longer content with passively accepting an energy bill that gives them no return on investment while adding to carbon emissions and local pollution. They’re now investigating new ways to power their futures, such as with this renewable apartment community now being built in the Salt Lake City area. Want to see what solar can do? Then make this Wasatch project one to watch, although it does seem unlikely it’ll remain one-of-a-kind.

Even with the generally fossil-fuel-friendly overtures of recent years, major solar projects are taking off across America. As home electric continues its own trajectory, tens of billions of dollars in corporate projects are likely coming down the pipeline as utilities and other players take major steps into the future. Tech giants like Google, always keen to capitalize on the world just beyond the horizon, have also gotten in on the action. The search/AI/computer wizardry conglomerate recently announced a $2 billion investment in solar and wind installations, a hefty sum intended to power some of the company’s operations around the world. The buy represents a 40 percent increase in Google’s green energy portfolio.

The through-line for all of this is that the solar industry has arrived. We’re long past the era of waiting for a viable alternative to traditional fuels — we’re now well into the time of investors making serious decisions about the kind of installation they want powering their homes and businesses. In short, now’s the time to get in touch with us. That’s because we bring a huge amount of technical and financial expertise to the table for contractors looking to enter a new mainstay of the American economy. If that sounds like something you’d like to explore, give us a call at (336) 439-3122.