As we discussed a couple of posts ago, solar energy is doing nothing if not growing and creating jobs while helping lower our carbon footprint as a nation. But to put a finer point on it, there are some trends forecasted for solar energy by Earth2Tech’s Ucilla Wang.
Wang discusses the leaps and bounds made in the solar energy industry abroad that were spurred by government involvement in the E.U. But Wang also outlines why and how the U.S. will become a solar powerhouse over time, and how 2011 may be a benchmark year to that end.
A main reason for this, Wang notes, is the recent extension of the solar grant program by the U.S. Congress — this grant, when applied to the cost of solar installations for American consumers, makes it possible to subsidize roughly a third of the cost. With this extension, more Americans can continue to choose solar at reasonable costs, and the numbers of Americans who will make the choice to go solar is expected to increase rather dramatically.
In addition to the extension of government grants, Wang also tells us about banks and big business getting on the solar bandwagon. While we have seen some of this in 2008-2010, more of it is slated to be coming down the pike in 2011 and beyond.
Some of the top solar and other alternative energy companies are now offering all kinds of incentives for residential and commercial properties — they know that giving consumers and business owners a leg up with the initial cost of solar equipment and installations will be an excellent long term investment for their portfolios.
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