What would putting solar on every rooftop in the U.S. do? I see three pretty big benefits.
- In the US alone, we generate a lot of electricity – almost 4,000 billion kWh of power — and less than .01% of that comes from solar. If we imagine solar on every rooftop, we could, according to some pretty good estimates and some sophisticated models, produce about a third of the energy that the US uses annually – about 1,400 billion kWh of power.
- That’s a lot of clean, renewable energy and a whole lot less dependence on coal and nuclear resources. If we imagine solar on every rooftop, we would be able to reduce how much we worry about dirty air from burning coal, what to do with nuclear waste, and the possibility of reactor meltdowns.
- US system designers, installers, contractors, and solar maintenance workers would be needed to make this happen. If we imagine solar on every rooftop, that could translate to millions of US jobs.
Who knows, with increased US demand for solar modules, we might be able to lure PV cell and solar module manufacturers back to the US.
-Dan, PNS Energy