Plug-and-play photovoltaic (solar systems) systems, known as PV systems, will simplify the process of purchasing, installing, and implementing solar energy systems. Doing so will make these systems easier to operate, more affordable, and more effective – and save homeowners a lot of money. These systems are already being used in the computer and automotive industries, so it’s only a matter of time before the technology segues into residential home use.
“Providing families and businesses with new choices to use American energy resources that can save them money is an important part of President Obama’s all-of-the above energy strategy,” said Secretary Chu “The Department’s announcement today supporting plug-and-play solar energy technologies will help make it easier and cheaper for consumers to adopt clean, affordable solar energy, while supporting U.S. manufacturing leadership in the next generation of clean energy technologies and diversifying America’s energy portfolio.”
This “all-of-the-above energy strategy” incorporates the Energy Department’s five-year SunShot Initiative to make solar energy affordable and effective. PV solar energy systems will be part of this initiative, receiving a $5 million dollar investment this year. A portion of this investment will go towards developing two PV prototypes through partnerships with various industry innovators and universities. One of the primary objectives will be to reduce non-hardware, or “soft costs”, which currently amount to more than half of the total cost of present residential systems.
Make sure you check the Veach View Blog frequently to get more energy (and money) saving tips. And as always, if you or anyone you know is interested in buying a home in Northwest Florida, or selling a home in Northwest Florida, contact Kerry Veach online or by calling 1.800.879.0309. With over 1,000 closings, 20+ years of experience and a full-time real estate team, it’s no surprise that 95% of Kerry’s business comes from referrals.