The Future of Solar EnergyJuly 9, 2018
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the solar industry is the fastest growing source of energy in the nation and the biggest employer of all energy industries. Compared to 187,000 positions in all fossil fuels combined, solar generates 370,000 employees. Solar is not just growing, it is becoming an energy source not to be tossed aside as an “environmental fad” any longer. Due to this shift in thinking about the environment and the benefit to the U.S. economy, researchers have begun exploring new ways to generate solar energy for human needs. Innovative methods of harnessing solar power, like stick-on solar tiles and solar roof shingles, may be coming soon to your neighborhood. Here are just a few concepts that may be the future of solar energy.
- Solar Windows – While still in the development stages, solar windows are being tested as a viable source of collecting the sun’s energy. A solar window may seem very “sci-fi,” but these transparent windows will use the sunlight to harness electricity similar to the technology used in solar roofing panels.
- Solar Roof Tiles – Tesla has already begun taking orders on solar roof tiles and, in May 2017, began installing them on several homes! While this is still a fledgling idea beginning to take off, it is something to watch in the future of solar energy.
- Solar on Every Home – There is a movement to have solar capabilities on every home. Just a decade or two ago, this idea seemed impossible and, to some, more of a fad, but today the idea floats a little better with towns and municipalities.
- Solar Paint – Sure, it sounds crazy, but the technology is possible to have solar paint on your home in the near future. In June 2017, Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) announced that its researchers have developed a solar paint that could eventually generate solar power on its own. We will definitely keep an eye on this idea!
While some of these ideas may never take off, may not be cost effective, or may only be offered in some areas, these new technologies are something to consider in the future of solar energy. If you want to know how solar energy could help your home energy bills and our environment, call SunPower by BlueSel at 781-281-8130 or visit our website.