Over the last eight years, solar’s popularity has increased. Its technology adds the latest upgrade in modern homes constructed throughout Southern California, making solar panels the standard for new buildings.
Solar wins the statewide popularity contest
Solar Energy Industries Association is an organization that tracks solar’s presence across the US, offering reputable information about the topic. SEIA states, “There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 3,319,000 homes.” Moreover, California leads the nation with 502,180 solar installations.
Consumers benefit from solar’s popularity, because the massive 5 year increase in solar deployments has dramatically lowered installation costs. According to gosolarcalifornia.org, the average cost per kilowatt installed is 40% less than it was in 2011. Homeowners can own their system for less than the cost of a small compact car. Additionally, solar systems eliminate or reduce monthly energy bills, again showing new home builders how solar complements today’s efficient house.
Solar is a standard available to everyone
According to the Wall Street Journal, “The number of residential solar installations has climbed, aided by their declining cost and government incentives. Now home builders have jumped in.”
Erin Clark from Solar Industry Magazine emphasizes WSJ’s point. He states, “tying in affordability and savings to the ever-expanding niche that demands solar, it becomes a win-win situation. Just as with the trend to offer granite counter-tops and stainless steel appliances began with one builder, solar will become an expected standard feature.”
Solar sits atop the proverbial food chain as the most cost-efficient production of energy that coexists with evolving standards. Fortunately, solar technology installations combine reduced manufacturing costs and easy financing for a more accessible future. Both newly constructed and existing homes can sport solar with no stress involved.