Solar Energy Trends in mid-2021
Sustainable energy is on the rise across the world for good reason. With climate change taking centre stage, more people are looking for alternatives to standard fuel that’s typically harmful to the ozone layer and our atmosphere. And for those of us looking to do our part at home, going solar is increasingly popular.
Businesses are also picking up steam on solar, in part due to the energy savings they can use to boost bottom lines and to prepare for the effects of climate change, but also from consumer demand, where discerning shoppers are turning to more sustainable businesses and products that reduce the harm on the environment and leave a lower carbon footprint.
Rooftop solar has been around for decades, but technology never sleeps. Here are some advances and trends to look out for in 2021 as more people and businesses switch to using affordable, clean solar energy.
Here are the top trends in solar energy for 2021.
Tesla’s solar roof gained a lot of attention when it first hit the market. While it is still expensive for the average homeowner (and less efficient than a standard panel), you can expect to see some unique use cases with transparent PVs used as windows or skylights, as well as the expansion of the solar roof. Solar roof tiles look just like your home’s typical roof, blending into your aesthetic.
Solar Cars and More Electric Vehicles
EVs have been trending for a while now, and partnering those cars with solar can mean a double team of energy efficiency. Solar cars have built-in panels that help to generate the energy needed to power the engine. While many hobbyists have been playing with solar cars for a while now, there are rumours that it may go mainstream.
As more people adopt EVs and make their homes and businesses EV-friendly, solar comes into play here too. For instance, you can add solar panels just to your garage rooftop to provide energy to your electric vehicle so your electric bill doesn’t take such a big hit.
More String Inverters
The kind of inverter used for a solar energy system does matter — and a string inverter offers more flexibility in adding new panels and prevents a full shut down in the event of an issue. Panels act more independently and are easier to install with a safer distributed current.
Increased Focus on Battery Storage
With major natural disasters, often driven by climate change, happening more and more often, there is an increased focus on battery storage for solar energy. Solar can be stored in batteries and used through blackouts, load shedding, or other weather-related outages that affect the general electric grid. The more solar storage you have, the longer your home or business can go without power from your local energy provider, and the more you save on energy costs.
Energy demand is growing on every continent, and finding better ways to generate clean, affordable solar energy is top of mind in 2021. Let’s make this year a good one for the planet because a cleaner energy future is always on-trend.