Here’s why we think it is important for you to become the pioneer on your street.
Who will install the first solar powered roof in your neighborhood? Research shows that the presence of a single solar power home in a neighborhood accelerates the adoption of solar power much faster than any other type of marketing because neighbors can talk to the owners, find out how it works, see the electricity meter spinning backwards for themselves, see the bills of $5 -10 a month and really understand first hand that solar works.
If you have the first solar roof in your street, send us an email and attach a photograph of your home with the solar panels visible and we will post your home as a leader in solar in our photo gallery.
Where was the first solar installation in the USA? This is not clear, but solar is not new. In 1839 nineteen-year-old Edmund Becquerel, a French experimental physicist, discovered the photovoltaic effect while experimenting with an electrolytic cell made up of two metal electrodes. Some of the first uses for photovoltaic cells were in space.
In 1923 Albert Einstein received the Nobel Prize for his theories explaining the photoelectric effect and by 1955 Western Electric started to sell licenses for PV technologies using silicon. Commercial PV cells were 2% efficient and the cost of energy from them was $1,500 per Watt! By 1982 the total world production of Solar cells was still under 10MW. Ten years later in 1992, the US installed Solar capacity was just under 50MW! Like all new technologies, the incubation time to get to an acceptable cost of production is often much longer than you would imagine. In 2012, the cost of electricity from a solar panel will be under $1 a Watt! Take a look at the chart below to see how production and installation of PV solar power panels has developed in the USA over the past twenty years.
NOTE: The cost of solar power will keep coming down as the cells follow Moore’s law, halving in cost every 18 months or so. This is the reason that solar power will become even more viable and an even better option than other technologies out there for years to come, versus carbon based grid power stations that are constantly increasing the cost of electricity, despite the recent discoveries of gas in the USA, which as big government controlled industries will of course charge more as we move forward. Solar provides you the opportunity to get free of state mandated utilities companies and start to take control of your own power generation and cost.
Not all states are created equal either as state incentives play a large part in helping to accelerate the growth of clean energy solutions such as solar power and some states are far more forward thinking such as California versus others that are very backward such as the state of Virginia. However, at this point none of this really matters as the cost of solar power generation from a roof mounted solar array is almost at grid parity cost today and will definitely be below it in about 5 years.
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Regardless of where your state is, almost all states are installing solar at a rate of at least 50-100% a year! That makes solar the fastest growing trend today and according to the progress being made in the world’s leading solar powered country, Germany, we have not really even gotten started yet! Germany has more than three times the installed capacity of the US already. They have been installing solar at more than double the rate of the USA for the past three years. Great Britain is also forging ahead with a recently released renewed commitment to generate 30% of its energy needs from renewables by 2020
Be a pioneer and become the first solar powered home on your street, you won’t regret it! In fact it would almost certainly give you a better investment option for your home than most stock market returns today.
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