The Biden administration has announced a new ambitious goal of operating 5 million US homes with shared solar energy by 2025. This would require current capacity to grow by 700% over the next four years. While the goal may seem unrealistic, experts say it is achievable.
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According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a total of 3,253 MW of AC solar solar was installed by the end of 2020. This energy can serve up to 600,000 homes.
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Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said in a statement that achieving the new goals would provide Americans with affordable energy. “Community solar is one of the most powerful tools we have to provide affordable solar energy to all U.S. households, whether they own a home or have a roof that is suitable for solar panels,” Granholm said. “Achieving these ambitious goals will lead to significant energy savings, create jobs in these communities and make our transition to clean energy fairer.”
According to CJ Colavito, vice president of engineering at Standard Solar and one of the leading proprietors of community solar projects in the United States, the problem lies in the policy sector. He argues that with appropriate policies, community-based solar cells can evolve beyond target. For example, he mentions challenges in permits, interconnection and subscriptions.
According to Colavito, some projects take up to 24 months to be approved, a situation that is already delaying the start of many projects. In addition, he points to the interconnection of projects as another problem that can take years to solve.
“Often, sitting your system and getting interconnected can be the two most important things to do before you even dive into the other challenges of community sun,” Colavito said.
Community solar projects currently exist in 21 states and the District of Colombia. According to NREL, these projects are either state-mandated or pilot programs. Yet the concentration of available solar projects in few states shows the political differences. States like Minnesota, Florida, Massachusetts and New York are leading the way because of useful policies.
If the Biden administration achieves its goals, it would result in $ 1 billion in energy savings. Furthermore, clean energy would create jobs while providing cheaper and sustainable energy to Americans.
Via Renewable Energy World
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