The Future is Bright for Solar Energy

Solar Energy has become one of the fastest growing sources of energy in America and worldwide. Solar energy provides at home-grown, domestic power that fosters economic growth in communities throughout the United States. This gives American taxpayers the ability to see their dollars used to support environmentally friendly solutions, along with creating jobs in manufacturing and construction. Solar power provides long term certainty within the market that other sources like oil and gas often can not. Solar, along with other sources of clean energy will continue to create long lasting security within America’s energy supply by diversifying contributions to the market with clean alternatives. Now more than ever, America is going to see the necessity of solar power for a better, cleaner nation.

In 2016, solar energy contributed 30 gigawatts of electricity - enough to power 5.7 million American homes. One of the biggest arguments against the growth of solar power is the cost of development and construction. But, over the past 7 years, prices have continually decreased about 80%. The states that have led in solar production through 2016 are California, North Carolina, and Arizona. The potential for solar energy to increase in immense. Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) has added to sources or solar harnessing along with photovoltaic panels. The development of CSP has caused solar hardware to fall in cost dramatically, which has in turn increased the competition and production of solar energy plants. In the future, Solar Energy will continue to be competitive among fossil fuels and nuclear power, because their efficiency and innovativeness will always progress. This phenomenon has the ability to be utilized for generations to come, for our children and our children’s children.

The amount of solar power produced at current United States corporations is enough to make up for 11 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. This momentum has the potential to grow and maximize its potential, if Americans choose to utilize it. Clean energy is the future of the world as we know it, and if we wish to see sustainability in the market and the environment, it must be enhanced. In order to see enhancement in solar energy, among other clean sources, the momentum of the cause must increase, so that incentives and tax credits are in demand. There are 210,000 jobs in solar energy to date, and if production is maintained, these numbers could double by 2020.

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!”, Thomas Edison once said, “I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” It’s our duty as Americans to look to the future, to future generations, to emphasize the use and necessities of clean energy. We owe it to them, to our economy, and to the world.

Riley Jensen