U.S. Barely Scratching Surface of Solar Power Potential

By August 10, 2016solar
Solar Power

The use of solar energy in the United States is at its highest point in history, however there remains an ability to take far greater advantage of the sun’s rays. From the country’s most rural regions to its densest cities, there’s an exceptional amount of untapped energy. How does the U.S. capture it? More solar panels.

How Many More Panels?

According to an article from Eco Watch’s Lorraine Chow, “More power from the sun hits the Earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year.”

This goes to show that there is more than enough solar energy to power the entire world. The number of panels needed to capture it is relatively small, and attainable.

In a speech at Sorbonne University in Paris, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the audience, “If the only thing we had was solar energy—if that was the only power source—if you just took a small section of Spain, you could power all of Europe.” He also said it would take just a corner of Nevada or Utah to power the United States.

Long-term electricity savings make solar panel investments advantageous for individuals, businesses in crowded cities, and rural areas. If more individuals take advantage of the agriculture, commercial, and civic installations SunWorks offers, the country can realistically power itself purely with solar energy.

Here are places where the U.S. can increase its use of solar panels:

Utility-Scale Solar Farms

Much what it sounds like, a utility-scale solar farm feeds energy into a grid to power a major utility. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, “Utility-scale solar has represented nearly two thirds of the market over the past few years, and this trend will likely continue to 2016 with an enormous pipeline of projects currently under construction.” 

Rooftop Solar Panels

The most common and accessible way to join the solar energy movement is via rooftop solar panels. A 2015 article by Fortune points out, “More solar panels were installed on U.S. home rooftops in the first quarter of this year than ever before.”

More Civic Solar Installations

Apartments use less energy than homes, and over 60% of Americans live in urban areas which often have more apartments than homes. To make solar power America’s top source of electricity, there needs to be an increase in the number of domestic solar installations each year. Since most urban dwellers rent, it’s up to city planners and civic engineers to make this advance. Sunworks has the services and products to help cities reduce their footprint in California, Nevada, and Oregon in particular.  

Essentially, more solar panels will create a greener country when it comes to energy consumption. The value of the solar movement is there for the environment and the bank accounts of millions of Americans.

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