The Untapped Potential of Solar Energy
Solar Energy puns are the light of my life. I mean, in general, when it comes to renewable energy...I’m a big fan. In fact, a vast majority of Americans could call themselves big fans as well.
83% of surveyed Americans said that increasing the use of renewable energy is a top priority for our country’s energy policy. When renewable energy is mentioned, my first thought goes to wind power, not solar. This could be due to where I live, and the massive wind farms I pass heading towards Vermont, but it could also be attributed to the fact that solar energy only contributes a fraction of a percentage of America’s energy production. The irony of this lies in the fact that the amount of sunlight that hits the earth’s surface in just one hour can power the world for an entire year. So why hasn’t solar energy taken off?
A decade ago, solar panels were pricey. $50,000 kind of pricey, but thanks to innovation, that price has dropped 60%. The average cost for one 5-kilowatt solar panel is now between $16,260 and $21,420. Still more than the average burger, but we’re saving the environment here! Plus, solar panels can actually help you save money on electricity bills. Of course multiple factors go into whether or not installing solar panels is worth it for you personally, but EnergySage can help walk you through it.
The Solar industry has increased 340% overall between 2010 to 2016. It just blows my mind that such a clean and green (technically yellow, wait...no? Well for coloring book purposes it’s yellow) isn’t more widely used. Solar energy holds so much promise for our future. The sun shines everyday…that’s untapped potential, people!
Solar energy is THE face of NCEW, if you ask me. Or at least it should be.