Last week, Washington Post energy reporter Chris Mooney continued to shine a much-needed spotlight on energy in the home — Read: Report: The way we power our homes may be on the verge of a major change.
In the article, Mooney writes about the Solar Energy Industries Association noting rapid growth in the rooftop solar market — specifically, 50 percent growth for three consecutive years (2012, 2013, and 2014).
The bolstering availability of solar in conjunction with energy storage options such a batteries, is the impetus of the market growth, according to a cited Rocky Mountain Institute report.
In summary, the way homeowners view their role in energy consumption continues to change, in terms of growing awareness and preferred ways to receive this kind of information. Rather than simply paying monthly energy bills, people are taking energy savings into their own hands — for example, knowing they can save money by installing solar panels on their rooftop, with some help from their utility company.
Utility, state and federal incentives for residential renewable technologies such a solar is evidence that the gap between energy consumption and usage is closing.
The path ahead for these markets, Mooney concludes, is dependent on business and policy decisions made today.