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Solar and Storage Trends for 2021

This item is part of the Special Issue - 2021-01 - State of the Industry, click here for more

I’m starting off the year with my Ten Solar and Storage Trends for 2021. But first, a recap from Dave Barry, my favorite chronicler of all that is crazy and warped in this world: “2020 was a year of nonstop awfulness, a year when we kept saying it couldn’t possibly get worse, and it always did. This was a year in which our only moments of genuine, unadulterated happiness were when we were able to buy toilet paper.“

Looking ahead to 2021:

  • The solar investment tax credit was extended at the last minute by President Trump
  • Home electric bills went through the roof in 2020, and will stay high for most of 2021
  • The President, Senate and House of Representatives are committed to accelerating transition to clean energy

So here are my predictions for solar and storage trends in 2021:

  • All roof orientations are fair game for solar
  • Buildings will be designed to be carbon negative
  • Skill levels for solar and storage contractors will increase
  • Module level power electronics duopoly will continue
  • Customer service and warranties are key battery system selection criteria
  • UL 9540 requirements will stall new battery system releases
  • Rooftop solar systems should be oversized
  • EV chargers will be common options for new solar and battery installations
  • The home of the future will have two batteries in every garage
  • Whole home battery backup will remain expensive

For the details of these predictions, please listen up to this week’s Energy Show.

 

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