The surge in solar interest has gone global.
A recent report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that as many as 100 million homes around the world will receive their energy from solar power by the year 2020 – which once sounded so distant but isn’t that far away anymore.
Just ten years ago, the off-grid solar market for residential solar panels was very small – how many solar homes do you recall seeing back then? But today homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their power bills and be more environmentally responsible energy consumers. The switch to solar panels achieves both of these goals.
Solar Panels are Changing Lives
While U.S. interest in solar power is rising rapidly, solar energy solutions are changing lives for the better in developing countries, as well as third-world areas like sub-Saharan Africa. Sunlight is plentiful in places like this, but the technology was not available or affordable enough to convert that sunlight into desperately needed power for millions of people still relying on candles and kerosene lamps.
Now that has started to change, as more than 100 companies are working in these areas within the off-grid solar market, providing not just the materials and installation but special programs to help pay for photovoltaic systems.
Most of us here at home are blessed to never face the type of issues that are prevalent in these parts of the world. But we also recognize how important it is to promote clean energy, and how difficult it can be to pay the monthly bills and raise a family in the midst of an uncertain economy.
That is why solar power is becoming more popular in the U.S. as well – the money for that utility bill you don’t have to pay anymore can go toward groceries or new clothes for your kids.
In less than four years the calendar will read 2020 – will your home be a solar home by then?