From FuturePundit, we get a rough outline of the solar situation in the US. Basically, solar power is growing more popular, but the percentage of homes using solar power is still tiny. According to this article at the Wall Street Journal, various problems await homeowners looking to install solar panels. In addition to months-long waits, one of the biggest problems is that the panels are installed incorrectly, making them very inefficient.
Overall, though, solar usage is growing and expanding into markets beyond conventional home power. Golf carts, pool heaters, and solar water heaters are all becoming more popular. Other good news includes a move from solar thermal cells, where the sun heats up liquid that is used to make electricity, to photovoltaic cells which convert sunlight directly into electricity.
As a young, single guy who hasn’t lived in a place more than three years since high school, buying a house and making it energy efficient won’t happen anytime soon. I plan on keeping a close eye on developments, however.
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