Happy Summer Solstice! Today’s the day that solar energy advocates and panel purveyors eagerly await – the longest day, with the most sunshine, of the year. After today, it’s downhill back to fewer light hours, and towards the dark and sad Winter Solstice. To take advantage of the Solstice, a group out of California has begun “World Solar Day” to promote solar energy.
This year is shaping up to be a gangbuster year for solar energy. As the price of solar panels have plummeted over the past couple of years, installation of solar power has skyrocketed. Just the first three months of this year have seen over 500 megawatts of solar panels installed in the United States – or about as much solar capacity as a coal-fired power plant.
If you’re wondering if solar energy makes sense for you and your family, head on over to the North Carolina Solar Center‘s Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) website: http://www.dsireusa.org/. There you can check out utility, local, state and federal incentives for solar energy.
If you’re wondering when “World Wind Day” was…it was last week – June 15th to be precise.