There is a strange misconception that today’s energy crisis is a matter of opinion, where consumers will forever have the option of choosing to switch to solar and other renewable energy sources and deciding to stick with fossil fuels. In reality, it’s not an all-or-nothing decision; as it stands right now, solar and fossil fuels can co-exist. As the availability of fossil fuels becomes more limited and solar power continues to grow in popularity, ongoing developments in solar energy production have contributed to the rising popularity of sustainable energy.
Developing an Edge-Powered Grid
Participating in an edge-powered grid by generating solar power without going completely off-grid allows property owners to enjoy the best of both worlds. They can take advantage of the lower cost of solar energy and its smaller environmental footprint without having to worry about going off-grid completely and providing 100% of their own power. Plus, those living in areas that have already adopted an edge-powered grid scenario and generate more power using solar than they need can sell it back to the grid.
There are fears in California and across the country more generally that switching to solar will cause power grid instability. While it’s true that power companies are not currently operating on an edge-powered grid model, careful planning should prevent any kind of problems due to unexpected surges. The reality is that power companies will simply need to make technological changes and upgrades to ensure that the grid remains stable in order to handle the increasing demand for cleaner energy.
Lessons From Abroad
The United States certainly isn’t the only country to begin tackling this complex issue. In fact, other countries, such as Germany and Japan, have already embraced solar power on a much larger scale and have made changes to their nations’ power grids in order to accommodate cleaner energy. While some US supporters of fossil fuels would claim that an edge-powered grid would leave consumers susceptible to power interruptions, the reality is that consumers using German power grids experienced only 15 minutes of interruption last year, while US consumers experienced several hundred.
The Future of Green Energy
It’s clear that major changes must occur in how power suppliers and consumers think about energy production. Find more information at Clean Energy Jobs Act to begin this process today.