Solar energy has strong support by the general public to be expanded greatly, and it basically is the renewable energy most support by the public, according to public opinion tracking.
Solar energy is becoming much more than local power placed on the roof or in a field next to an office building. It is becoming more of a utility electrical power source. There is federal policy in place with a five-year extension of federal tax credits, which the solar industry anticipates could easily be extended even longer.
“The voters are advocating for solar. Just in a recent poll of independents in swing states, 27 percent of very difficult voters to get off the fence, said that, they would back a Republican candidate that had vocal support for solar,” said Yann Brandt, regional head of the Americas at the Conergy company. “So, this is no longer an issue about Republican or Democrat. This is about getting independents to chime in, and independents were saying they want more solar.”
Yann made his statement on E&E TV when recently being interviewed by Monica Trauzzi. He added, “What we do know is that by 2020 over 400,000 people will be working in solar in the United States, and that is a tremendous job growth. It’s up 100 percent from where we are today. I’m sure policymakers will do the right thing at the time depending on what the economics look like.”
Free market energy origination is a big part of Conergy, which is an international player in solar energy development projects. Not every solar energy company doing business in the U.S. is receiving the investment support to ride a positive economic wave, but the U.S. is among other places in the world where solar will continue to be developed at a rapid rate. The U.S. has a positive future for at least five more years.
“When you look at the 20-year advantages of solar energy, it’s competitive in many places. Some countries where all energy is subsidized, like the U.S., it’s difficult to compare apples to apples, but from a cost perspective, whether it’s Europe or Southeast Asia you’re seeing strong benefits,” Yann said.