Energy is on a similar path to the emergence of the internet in the 1990s.
We are on the verge of another
massive societal transformation, with the
“Enernet” emerging as a “dynamic, distributed, redundant and
multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation,
storage and delivery – and serving as the foundation for smart cities.”
Nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants,
intelligent building materials, battery storage, smart lighting, new
networks and intelligence are driving down energy costs and improving
services. “From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an
order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also
present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can
stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.”
It’s going to be an incredible ride…
There is more speculation, more rumors, more nervous people in the renewable energy field right now then ever before in our history. It is refreshing this week to hear of some positive forward thinking in the midst of all the angst. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy boldly announced it’s commitment for it’s SunShot Inititive to cut the cost of solar-generated electricity by 50% between 2020 and 2030. This is a new target continuing SunShot Initiative’s progress in helping the solar industry reach more than 90% of the initiative’s established 2020 goal in just five years. This includes brand new funding opps that will push the cost of solar even further down. Three cheers for the Department of Energy!
Solar energy has been growing for years now. But 2016 could turn out to be one of the biggest yet! Growth is predicted now at 116% New technologies, new regulations, public opinion, green businesses have led to many new models of solar available. Community solar and micro-grids, unheard of just a few years ago are gaining significant momentum. The Hill does a good job of explaining how this is a nationwide phenomena. Read Here.
This is a video from Nissan which looks at the future of electricity as one continuous grid everywhere. Kind of like community solar model gone wild. It is a fascinating glimpse of what could be. OK, lots of people will be cynical watching the video, but it is the dreamers who initiate changes in civilizations. Watch video here!
The solar industry has become one of the largest job growth industries of this century. It has already out paced the oil and the auto industry in it’s growth rate. Exciting times for solar!
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Community Solar may very well be the future of solar energy in the USA in 2016. For people who cannot afford to have a solar system on their own, or who live in an building where a system is not possible – community solar is a exciting option. EarthKind Energy has the experience to help communities develop community solar projects. Call us, we are happy to help!
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