The Solar Challenge US Is Facing

The Solar Challenge US Is Facing

A decade is about to come to an end.  Now is the right time to contemplate our energy consumption. Around the world, renewable energy systems have started to gain popularity. Countries and citizens have adopted renewable energy technology with open arms.

Among the renewable energy sources, solar power is location independent. You can not build a hydro-power dam or a wind-mill in your backyard. Unlike dams and windmills, solar systems are location independent. You can practically install a solar panel anywhere on the premises of your house. The only factor that solar power depends mainly on is the availability of direct sunlight.

The Current State Of Solar 

At present, commercial solar modules available offer 15-16% efficiency. Advancements in R&D have made it possible to produce solar panels that are up to 44% efficient. Yet, things in the U.S.A have been different. A larger share of the energy we consume comes from fossil fuels. Renewable energy systems combining wind, solar, hydro, among others, constitute only 11% of the total energy consumed pan America. Petroleum leads the energy consumption chart at a whopping 36%.

The inception of Solar Tariffs

Since the inception of The solar tariff on 7 February 2018, a tax of 30% is effective on solar products imported from Asian countries. Spanning four years, this tariff declines by a rate of 5% each year.

While the global solar panel prices have fallen (thanks to the oversupply from China!), U.S. Solar panel prices are the highest in the world. The solar tariffs reduce the market for new projects by 7.5 GW from 2019 through 2021. Nearly 62,000 jobs have been lost or never hired as a result of these tariffs.

Solar Gets Support From The Community

Worlds apart yet hither, solar energy is gaining excellent traction in many states. With the help of the collective efforts of local communities, industry associations like SEIA, and public schools, America has a hope to win the solar race. The solar tariff is bound to go through a mid-term review around January 2020. It will be a crucial moment for solar energy.

In efforts to spread awareness to spread awareness about solar energy, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) encouraged the efforts of Ben Graves, a highschool science teacher from Colorado, to introduce solar energy training among high-school students.

The main goal of the solar training was to expose the students to solar energy modules so that they learn more about their technical and physical aspects. The potential benefits of this training include science credits and employment in a fast-growing industry.

Making the Shift towards Solar

The coal industry is slowly depleting under the constant pressure of energy consumption, and so, a significant shift towards sustainable energy sources is our best bet. Associations like DMAE and SEIA that support and encourage the use of solar modules will soon represent America at the Mid-term review of the solar tariff with the advent of 2020.

Along with the efforts of associations, local authorities, the collective efforts of individuals will count. As the country welcomes a new year, citizens must hope for positive reforms in the import of crystalline silicon photovoltaic panels (CSPV) from non-GSP-eligible developing nations. Since the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) facilitates the duty-free import of goods from designated beneficiary countries, the Solar industry will benefit from any reforms in the Act. The positive outcomes will help make up for the 105GW of lost solar capacity, which correlates to $19 billion of failed investments.

Remember, each CSPV job lost measures to 31 U.S. service jobs, 5.3 MW of solar capacity, and approximately $ 9.5 million worth of investments. In light of the new facts, this is the right time to adopt and support solar energy. Collective efforts will help liberate America of its dependence on fossil fuels while replenishing thousands of jobs that are at risk.