According to scientists and climate experts, there’s not much time to get our act together to address our climate issues. That’s why the solar energy industry is accelerating to increase installations as well as the rate of adoption. Why is this so important? Even with consistently growing capacity, why is there still a need to keep growing faster?
Accelerating the adoption of rooftop solar energy is the answer to reducing the global carbon footprint
For one, solar panels may be more and more visible these days, but there’s still a lot to be done. As a result, more people need to have solar power systems installed at home. Indeed, more communities need to be brought into the fold. Furthermore, companies need to acknowledge the need to decarbonize and join in accelerating renewable energy. In addition, more governments need to support solar power and other alternatives for sustainability.
Generally, online searches for solar-related terms have hit record highs, according to Google Trends data. That means interest continues to increase. Therefore, there is great potential to increase awareness—and subsequently, installations.
In Europe, for example, there was a period of consistent annual solar capacity increases. This accordingly saw a payoff during this current energy crisis. To begin with, there was record solar power generation, staving off 20bcm of gas needs. Consequently, there were savings of billions of euros in cost at current gas prices. To summarize, this that shows that accelerating the investment in more capacity does have great benefits in the long run.
Firstly, energy security minimizes the impact of things like strategic restrictions of fossil-fuel supply. In addition, reduction of gas use also helps offset climate issues and preserves the environment. Likewise, battery technology is also improving, allowing for these record generation numbers to be more attractive. Once all these factors converge, making a case for solar energy will be easier than ever.
True, it will take a bit more effort to make the acceptance of solar panels universal. Generally, this means that adoption needs to work across different scales, from residential to commercial to utility-scale. Getting the products easily accessible to consumers and decision-makers will help accelerate the adoption of solar energy. This means information dissemination, marketing, and—of course—keeping costs down. We need to work persistently on all of these aspects.
All are important and they go hand in hand with each other. Of course, one of the most critical is the expansion in rooftop solar for individual households. The barriers to installation are being torn down, thanks to a more aggressive push to incentivize solar adoption. As long as the costs of installation keep dropping, people will see and enjoy the benefits solar energy has to offer. But the push has to be stronger because we need people mounting solar panels at a faster rate.
Keeping solar energy growing in the years to come will be pivotal in the global effort to become more sustainable. The industry is still weathering the impact of the pandemic and global supply chain issues but has shown great resilience. Good solar prices, effective campaigns for educating and enticing consumers, and government backing will all spur solar power to greater heights. The only question is, how fast can we get there?
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