The rise and rise of solar power

It has been wonderful to see so much interest in our new solar panels on Necker Island. So far the new solar energy system of 1232 photovoltaic solar panels is working well, and we look forward to increasing its effectiveness in the coming months.

The amount of questions, comments and shares about the solar panels highlights an idea that many people have already come round to – the inevitable rise of solar power across the globe.

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Demand for residential solar systems is rapidly increasing. It was fascinating to read how mainstream and social the solar movement has become. According to Ad Week, half of all residential solar sales are being driven by word of mouth. That is nearly quadruple the estimated market average for referral sales.

This is due to how passionate and excited people feel about the subject. 2014 was the first year that more capacity was installed by homeowners than by non-residential customers. This growing movement will only grow further in the coming years.

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As David Roberts wrote on Vox: “Solar photovoltaic (PV) power is eventually going to dominate global energy. The question is not if, but when. Maybe it will happen radically faster than anyone expects - say, by 2050. Or maybe it won't be until the year 3000, or later. But it'll happen.

“If energy keeps evolving roughly along the paths that are visible now, the unique properties of solar PV will eventually propel it to dominance. We will find that in energy, as in so many other human systems, distributed power works better, to more people's advantage, than the concentrated kind.”

Image by Owen Buggy

As we continue our journey to turn Necker Island into one of the most renewably-powered islands in the world, I’m thrilled that so many of you are helping to turn your houses into renewably powered homes too.


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