Posted Friday, September 30, 2016
Will Solar Power Still Be Viable in 20 Years?
We know by now that solar power represents a huge (and growing) sector of the home improvement market, and we know that solar power as a technology represents a tangible, real investment for homeowners. But what will the viability of solar be in the next 20 years or so, and what about the next 50?
It might help to look at history to get a bit of perspective. 50 years ago, the amount of homes that had industrial grade, high-output solar panels was effectively zero. The only real power being produced by solar panels back then was in laboratories and as part of hobby projects. Sure, the technology itself was available, but the cost to produce a watt of power made it completely prohibitive to build as part of an overall building plan.
Now, however, solar panels are built onto surfaces that were once thought impossible. For example, there are now solar panels that are flexible enough to be wrapped around telephone poles, thus adding a double purpose to an otherwise boring public structure. Who would have thought that someday, telephone poles would be actually producing power for the towns they were installed in?
Looking forward into the future, we only have our history to use as a guide. No one really knows what will happen to how we use power in 20 years, but it’s a fairly safe bet to say that solar power is going to be around for a very, very long time. Contact us today to learn how to put it to use for you, immediately.