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A Look Ahead: Solar Power in 2021

December 16, 2020

As solar enthusiasts, local business-people, and innovators, we’re always looking forward. Solar power has made incredible strides over the past few years and is still growing strong. Here at BlueSel, we’re so very proud of our industry and the people working within it and we cannot wait to see what the future holds.

In fact, since we’re so excited for 2021 and beyond, let’s take a peek into the future of solar. In today’s blog, we will be taking a look at 2021, and a few of the innovations, industry trends, and exciting news that solar power is sure to bring home with you.

Major Growth in the Solar Industry Due to 2020 COVID-19 Delays

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the world, solar energy will continue to not only thrive but exceed growth expectations in 2021. According to a report by PV Infolink as reported by PV Magazine, “global solar panel demand will increase by around 15% and reach a total capacity of 143.7 GW in 2021,” with the United States Market expected to reach a 30% increase alone. 

Part of this growth is surprisingly due to the coronavirus pandemic, as projects delayed in 2020 due to pandemic are expected to resume in 2021, driving the solar industry’s growth and innovation. So, fortunately, the bright future of solar power represents a silver lining in a dark time as we progress beyond 2020. 

Saving Energy With Solar Storage

Smart Home Energy Data on Tablet

As a SunPower master dealer, BlueSel gains access to the latest and most innovative solar technology SunPower itself. We’re incredibly excited about the strides that solar technology has made in recent years, especially with SunPower’s push into the future of green technology. While supplies are limited at the moment, in 2021, we fully expect to see a boom in home solar storage additions added to or installed with residential solar systems. 

At first, solar storage may sound like a convenience; however, the technology’s advantages reach far beyond that, giving unprecedented energy options and efficiency into the hands of homeowners, especially in New England. 

Solar storage devices, such as SunPower’s SunVault technology, allows homeowners to store any extra solar energy produced by solar panels. These stored energy comes especially in handy when the power goes out. Which, in Massachusetts, can be for days. Solar batteries and storage devices help you and your family keep the lights on.

A National (and Worldwide) Refocus on Renewable Energy

National Solar Energy Initiatives

2021 sees the beginnings of a new political administration taking control of the White House. With promises of a renewed focus on environmental concerns, causes, and renewable energy sources, we hope that future administrations’ commitments and expectations will further accelerate the growth of solar power initiatives, renewable energy, and green technologies worldwide. A hope that we have for next year and for many years to come. 

According to the Biden administration, the United States plans to “invest over $400 billion over ten years, as part of a broad mobilization of public investment, in clean energy and innovation.” Additionally, the administration has set a goal of reducing the carbon footprint of the “U.S. building stock by 50%” by the year 2035, as well as rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement.

Politics aside, it is, without a doubt, exciting to enter 2021 with the hopes of solar energy commitment, green technology development, and a focus on renewable energy possibilities promised throughout the world. While solar panel installations have come a long way since their inception, it’s essential to remember solar energy impacts the world in remarkable ways, empowering innovative technologies and providing jobs to millions of workers worldwide.