Five Trends for Solar and Storage Sustainability

There had been emerging claims and studies to support the sustainability of solar power over the years.

With that, let’s go over the top trends in technological innovation that help us make the most out of solar power and energy storage.

1. Proper roof orientations are game-changers. 

Module efficiency increased from about 13% to 20% in the last two decades. It now makes financial sense to do so on all non-parallel roofs. The days of down-of-ignore have arrived.

2. Carbon-negative building design. 

Two-story buildings can use as much or more energy as they produce. The percentage of roofs with solar power will rise.

3. An increase of skill education for contractors of solar and energy storage.

Integrated solar and battery systems require more skill to design and implement. The days of improper installations having only three black, three red, and three green wires are long gone.

Installers must be skilled in handling electrical wiring, CAT 5/6, communications, and inverter/b protocol setups. Traditional electrical but also roofing training is only a brief introduction.

4. The continuation of power electronics duopoly in modular levels.

System installations now use invertors from SolarEdge and Enphase. Manufacturing scale and requirements, along with an inviolable patent on these components, have made it difficult for new competitors to enter the market.

This is a constant struggle, though: technological advancement requires continuous development.

5. For battery system selection, we consider warranties and service

We have been taught that batteries wear out over time. Most power storage batteries only have a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. Businesses with a proven track record of product support do well in this economy.

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