SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper’s appearance on The Weather Channel put many myths about solar power to rest. During her interview on The Weather Channel’s AMHQ, Hopper covered solar power and storage in the U.S. She revealed that most Americans support using more solar power, but many of them think solar energy is only feasible in super sunny states such as Arizona or Florida.
Watch SEIA President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper Discuss Solar Power and Storage in the U.S.
However, every state has enough sun to take advantage of solar power, including ones traditionally considered cloudy such as Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In fact, Massachusetts and New Jersey are leading the way in the Northeast, not because they have the most sun, but because they have high energy bills and solar power is one way to combat them.
Three of POWERHOME’s markets – Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania – face similar conditions. These states can use solar power to offset these high costs, just like Massachusetts and New Jersey have done.
Another myth dispelled by Hopper is the conditions under which solar panels work. Rainy, snowy, or cloudy weather do not keep solar panels from generating power. All you need is sunlight, and sunlight gets through clouds and rain. Solar panels generate power in both direct and indirect sunlight. In addition, Hopper pointed out how sunny it gets after a snowstorm so that solar panels have plenty of sunlight to turn into energy. In addition, in cold conditions, solar panels work extremely efficiently, as they don’t lose as much energy as they do in hotter conditions.
Solar power prices are falling
Solar prices have fallen by 70% in the last decade, making it much more cost-effective for all Americans, especially when compared to soaring energy bills in most states. “We have about 10,000% more solar than we did a decade ago and as we deploy more, costs come down and [our process] becomes more efficient,” said Hopper.
Storage options are a game-changer
Perhaps the biggest game-changer in the solar industry is storage. Previously, generating energy was no problem, but storing it was. That’s changed in the last few years. Hopper says, “The ability to store energy is changing the way that businesses and consumers are enjoying solar energy. I think that’s going to continue as the cost of storage comes down. More consumers will be using solar plus storage.”
It is clear that the solar industry is growing, and that solar power is more than a trend; it’s a movement toward a more sustainable future.
Solar panel batteries can provide a backup power source to keep pipes from bursting, food from spoiling, and sump pumps running during a power outage, something that is happening more often due to strain on the utility company’s resources in some areas.
The combination of falling prices for solar and better storage makes solar plus storage a practical option in any state. POWERHOME makes switching to solar power easy in the eight states we serve, and we also offer a battery option. With $0 up-front costs and 100% financing available for qualified homeowners, you can begin taking advantage of solar power and lowering your utility bill. If you are interested in finding out how solar can work for you, contact us online or at 1-800-765-2715.