Utilities Don’t Have the Incentive to Promote Solar. That’s Changing.

Why isn’t there more community solar in the US? Because utilities need to disrupt their business models to incorporate more solar and right now they don’t have the incentive to do that. In the past two blogs in this series, we’ve discussed how the electricity grid works and why the grid needs to evolve. In this article, we’re going to explore how some states are incentivizing utilities to adopt more solar power and encourage ratepayers to reduce consumption.
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3 Ways the Traditional Electric Grid Can Adapt to the Solar Revolution

Given that solar has experienced an average annual growth rate of 68% in the last decade, there’s no doubt that solar power is challenging the traditional electric grid. Why? Because in many ways our electric grid is largely the same as the one envisioned and implemented by Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over a hundred years ago.
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What Do We Mean When We Talk About “The Grid”?

The American electricity grid is one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of the 20th century. In 1882, Thomas Edison’s Illuminating Company created the first central commercial generator in lower Manhattan, delivering electricity to local businesses, including The New York Times. By the 1920s, most cities and towns had access to electricity, immensely improving quality of life, but rural areas were still in the dark. With Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Rural Electrification Administration, the 1930s saw the electricity grid expand to America’s countryside, changing the lives of millions.
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Solar Offers a Bright Future for American Workers

Solar Offers a Bright Future for American Workers

Despite political promises, coal jobs are not coming back. Why? Because coal is significantly more expensive than natural gas and renewable energy, like wind and solar. In fact, solar is booming in America. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predict that America’s solar market will almost triple in size in the next five years. The main reason is cost. In 2008, the wholesale price of a solar panel was $4 per watt, but by 2016 it had fallen to $0.65 per watt. Today, there are 1.4 million solar arrays in the U.S. And, for every solar array installed, a team of solar workers is needed for the job.
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