Renewable energy experts say 2021 will be the year of the Green New Deal. In other words, the energy sector can expect its transition to accelerate. This boost should logically benefit solar energy. And now is the time to diversify into the field of photovoltaics, windows and solar roads, solar cadastres… In 2021, solar energy intends to be talked about.
We do not believe in a single solution in renewable energies. We have experienced this with nuclear power. We must not make the same mistake again. Even if everyone defends their store, there is a global reflection to be carried out. And we have to adapt the best response to each territory according to local specificities. The energy transition implies greater agility in terms of production levers. And for 2021, solar energy is the renewable energy sector that offers the greatest diversity.
Sharing solar energy production
It takes on average 5 to 10 years to amortize a solar installation at a private home. But you still have to be able to equip yourself. The entry budget and the possibilities inherent in housing sometimes hamper the project. The alternative? Shared solar energy production.
The trend was born in 2016 in the United States. In New York, a shared solar energy network has already emerged. And the trend is now gaining momentum in Europe. Energy experts say solar production sharing is an opportunity that is set to grow. There are many countries for which such a local community project would be interesting for areas where power generation is not optimal. This is a growing trend that would make solar power even more interesting.
Solar integrated into the building
Solar windows, solar tiles … Now is the time for positive energy buildings. And for construction, the options are multiplying to integrate solar solutions from the construction materials.
Still confidential in recent years, solar roofs are set to develop. They produce solar energy by integrating a photovoltaic system, and with connection to an inverter. Their asset? A lower cost than an a posteriori solar installation for a higher energy potential because the production surface is larger.
Solar glazing is also a growing subject. The integration of solar windows is still rare, but several companies are interested in this future market. Solar glazing could also be of interest to traders for future windows capable of producing the energy necessary for the store.
The solar cadastre: an educational and incentive tool
How to effectively convince individuals to adhere to photovoltaicism?
By doing educational work. In recent years, local authorities have started to establish a solar cadastre on their territories. An initiative called to take more place in the years to come. Some counties have already put their solar cadastre online in 2020. They have developed it as part of their energy policy.
The detailed map is available free of charge for professionals and individuals. It is of particular interest to condominium managers to assess the photovoltaic potential of their buildings. For experts in sustainable development of large metropolis, the objective is to encourage the population to pass the step of photovoltaicism. The solar cadastre is intended as an educational and incentive tool. And some metropolis have an average of 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, solar is a very attractive energy.
The future of energy
Solar energy is clearly the future of energy, both for household, business and cities. Let’s embrace this technology which does not add to greenhouse gases. Not just that, but you can also realize significant solar panel savings, as installation costs are going down, fossil fuel traditional energy solutions keep on getting more expensive.