In the United States, solar energy trumps grid electricity in 6 major cities: Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Los Angeles and Riverside. And as the cost of electricity is expected to rise 2% each year, solar is becoming an increasingly affordable option for families, small businesses and corporations looking to save money on energy in the long run. In the past, initial barriers that prevented the early adoption of solar panels were high upfront costs, unfamiliarity, aesthetic considerations and spatial concerns. However, over the past few years, solar energy has decreased in price, and is expected to decrease over the next 6 years in cost and increase its efficiency in payback, installation and month to month costs.
Benefits of solar power expand beyond saving money and energy: the sustainable energy movement has provided thousands of jobs to Americans over the past few years, and promises a bright future in the sunnier areas of the US. In places like Florida, a state with enormous potential for a thriving solar market market, there has been less growth than one might expect. A main reason for the state’s late start to the market is due to the lack of smart energy policies and power purchase agreements.
Yet, there is hope on the solar horizon for the Sunshine State. Clean energy companies in Florida have risen by 11% and has continued to rise each month over the past year. Not only does this bring employment to Florida’s middle class and provides economic incentives, it reduces the state’s footprint and increases their rank in areas of installed solar capacity. All the state needs now is improved policies to encourage alternative energy sources.
“More pro-solar policies in the state of Florida will have a positive impact on the economy for both businesses and citizens. The free market, if allowed to flourish for any industry, will bring untold benefits through job creation to the state,” Tory Perfetti, Florida director of Conservatives for Energy Freedom. Clean Technica.
Once encouraging policies are put in place that provide the catalyst for the solar energy movement in sunny states throughout the United States, the market is likely to continue to soar even after incentives and policies are rolled back. Places like Germany, Japan and China have shown that even after they have eliminated policies that pay persons who choose solar power over coal and electric energy, the numbers of solar power rise at the same rate.
At Ember LED, we specialize in solar LED lighting technology and understand the importance of what we do when we light the world. As the need for green technology grows and the economic incentives rise, Ember LED offers a unique solution to the market by providing fully vetted and integrated LED and Solar powered lighting systems. The future looks bright for solar energy, and Ember LED is at the forefront of the industry. We bring lighting solutions to clients across North America every day and are always looking for opportunities to create bright, sustainable futures.
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