Nationwide Home Solar Power Contractors and Information
By Ben Peters of REC Solar, Inc.
“While some states are working hard to implement progressive and popular clean energy policies, other states must work against an infrastructure and economy that is built around antiquated technology.”
There are a number of different reasons why states take a progressive approach towards solar and other forms of renewable energy. Some states, like California, have policies designed by the politicians to encourage renewable energy. In states such as Hawaii the cost of electricity is simply too high to avoid alternative sources. Other states, such as Colorado and Oregon, have progressive renewable energy policies because voters have demanded them. All of these States have the backing of legislators and utility companies that recognize the need and substantial benefits of renewable energy. Financial incentives and favorable metering arrangements play a key role in making solar a good investment for home and business owners.
Some states and utilities will offer more for electricity produced during the peak period, according to a “Time of Use” metering schedule. Many states now see the advantage that solar has to offer, and are even considering programs to make solar installations an income generating activity.
This state by state approach for renewable energy is in response to the lack of action at the national level. Federal legislation is limited, but moving slowly in the right direction. Many state governors are working to implement programs that support industries that contribute to a clean energy economy.
Each state must balance the public interest in sustainable energy with an incentive program that is fiscally responsible. For example, some states operate rebate programs that are funded through state money, while other states are implementing programs that are more market driven and based on trading the renewable attributes of solar energy production. Gradually, each state will understand the need to support solar as the uncertainties associated with our current energy supply become more apparent.
While some states are working hard to implement progressive and popular clean energy policies, other states must work against an infrastructure and economy that is built around antiquated technology. This change will not happen overnight, but as each individual makes the decision to become energy independent and invest in a long term solution for electricity; we will be one step closer to realizing the vision of making solar part of the mainstream energy supply.
- Ben Peters is an Inside Sales Specialist for REC Solar, Inc., which specializes in grid-tied solar electric designs and installations.
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