As 2014 begins, many predictions are being made on a host of interesting topics – who’s getting married? What will be the new breakthrough inventions? Who’s getting added to the Celebrity Death Watch list? Morbid, yes, but it illustrates an important point: people want to know what’s going to happen, and everyone’s got their own ideas.
What about the solar industry? We’ve got our own predictions too, and aren’t afraid to share them.
Energy storage: Solar is indeed becoming the mainstream, but what could make it even better? Storing the power that is generated through a better battery backup system. Sure, battery storage is available now, but the current, clunky offerings take up a lot of room and need adequate ventilation. Manufacturers are starting to realize that for their product to be viable, they need to streamline things quite a bit. 2014 will see much more in the way of improved battery solutions.
New tech: 2013 wrapped up nicely with innovative ways to take advantage of the latest and greatest technology. Sullivan Solar in Southern California, for example, is making use of Google Glass to help improve communication between teams while installing panels. Apps are becoming more widely available for system monitoring or other uses. We’ll most likely see improved monitoring and more programs and gadgets to help control energy use (think Nest).
More commercial installations: Large companies, such as IKEA, Wal-Mart, and Costco, have been coming on-board with large-scale solar arrays and the trend will definitely continue. 2014 will bring a plethora of new commercial devotees trying to keep their electric costs down and freeing up funds for other areas of business.
What are your renewable energy predictions for 2014? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.