In recent solar energy news, California is still holding strong to its title as the nation’s leader in solar energy usage. According to a report released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Golden State is ranked number one when it comes to solar power distribution. This grip on being the leading producer of solar energy is in part due to the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. These standards vary from state to state but in California the aim is to have 33% of its energy come from renewable resources by the year 2030. At this present rate, they may reach that goal in advance.
Of course, required standards are not the only thing pushing California to the top of the solar energy list. Many of the individuals which reside in the state are very supportive of the effort to go green and utilize solar energy. There is a lot of pride in being part of a goal that helps reduce a negative environmental impact. For the Edmondson family, supporting their state’s goals was part of the motivation to have solar panels installed on their home. Another motivation was how incredibly easy the process seemed to be. Many of their fellow neighbors had recently had their homes equipped with solar panels and were pleased with the experience they had with Verengo Solar. The Edmondson’s knew all of their neighbors could not be wrong and made a phone call to the solar panel installation company.
As their friends had exclaimed, the entire process was easy. Verengo Solar representatives performed an assessment on the Edmondson Family home and shortly after installed a solar energy system that would optimize the amount of sunlight that reached the house but at the same time maintaining the amount of energy the Edmondson family used on a regular basis. The family would not have to change their energy habits if they did not want to just because they are using a new source of energy.
By contacting Verengo, the family was now part of the many households contributing to California’s lead in solar energy use. Not to mention they were one of several homeowners receiving the financial incentives offered by the state. For many homeowners, the combined tax incentives and rebates they receive for installing solar panels eventually cancels out the initial cost of the installation. Basically, the Edmondson family’s new solar energy system will eventually pay for itself, an unexpected benefit they for such a simple decision.
In addition to being active participants in California’s solar energy initiative, the Edmondson family can also take a little credit for the number of new jobs in California. According to a census conducted by the Solar Foundation there are over 43,000 solar jobs in the state. California is the only state with over 10,000 individuals working in the solar industry. Thus, it takes the title for that statistic as well and much of the credit can be given to families like the Edmondson’s. Due to the increased demand in solar panels, new job opportunities are created which in turn stimulates the economy. By making the switch to solar energy the Edmondson family was also providing employment for someone else.
The Edmondson family wanted to be supportive of their state’s energy goals and after positive feedback from neighbors they decided to switch to solar energy. The financial benefits and increase in job opportunities were an added bonus to the positive impact they were having by reducing their carbon footprint. There is a positive chain reaction that occurs when you decide to use a renewable energy source like solar energy.