What 2021 Has In Store For The Solar Energy Sector
Published on 04 January 2021
Awareness of climate change and its impact continues to increase whilst last year actually saw a decrease in air pollution as a result of Coronavirus constraints. At JTD Group Ltd we believe in making a difference and our passion is to provide environmentally conscious renewable technology for the domestic and commercial sectors. We are proud to work alongside residents, building contractors and business owners who are positive about the benefits of solar energy and trust us to deliver their solar projects and improve energy efficiency. So what does 2021 look like for the solar energy sector?
1. Solar Will Be More in Demand
As many of us have been working from home for much of 2020. Our energy consumption has increased as has our energy supply bills. With children charging their tablets, adults on work laptops and general heating and lighting being used more frequently, our electricity demands have gone through the roof from spending more time at home. Therefore, more and more homeowners have been looking at renewable electricity options such as solar power. Plus the benefits of having solar installed are very favourable. From reducing energy bills, to being a long-term alternative as solar panels can last up to 25 years with little maintenance, and of course its positive footprint on the future of climate change.
Looking at the wider picture, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewables as a whole grew around 7% this year thanks to long-term contracts, continuous installations of new plants and priority access to the national grids. It’s expected to rise even more in 2021 and is reported to be a strong year for renewable capacity with a record-breaking growth of 10% within the sector.
2. Construction will Come Back after Coronavirus
It’s no secret that many industries have suffered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this includes the construction industry. Activity has slowed due to supply chain disruptions, social distancing guidelines, emerging financing challenges as well as lockdown measures. Not only that, but seven of the largest house building contractors in the UK have said that planning permission delays have also been a hindrance. It’s been reported that housing completions have been down on average by 35 per cent compared to a year ago. However, with house sales booming this year thanks to the halt in stamp duty, the market has been thriving. We’re looking ahead to a brighter 2021 for the building industry who in turn will be investing more in solar energy to comply with energy criteria.
3. Solar Energy Will Become More Efficient
As there is mounting pressure for an energy transition that relies less on fossil fuels such as oil and gas and more on clean energy, the global energy market is ploughing more research in producing electricity generated through solar energy. This year it was announced that a UK company has had a breakthrough in making the world’s most efficient panels by 2021. Oxford PV said that technology based on perovskite crystal can potentially generate almost a third more electricity. In the 70 years in which solar power has been in development, design and delivery, this news is a step forward in progress. Therefore, it could play a major role in the near future in the fight to help tackle climate change and provide even more options for clean energy.
4. The Government Wants Us To Go Green
There are plenty of initiatives out there backed by the Government to enable us to live a green way of life in our homes. The Green Homes Grant, for example, is open to homeowners and residential landlords to help towards the cost of installing energy efficient home improvements. This includes installing low-carbon heating, insulating your home and of course installing renewable energy systems such as solar panels and battery storage. The grant itself is running throughout 2021 and applicants need to redeem the voucher and ensure that these home improvements are completed by 31st March 2022. If that wasn’t enough, the Government will also be running the fourth round of the Contracts for Difference Scheme (CfD) which will open late 2021. Its aim is to double the capacity of renewable energy compared to the previous round and build on the number of technologies supported. Offshore wind farms and solar installers plugged into power grids are certainly becoming more frequent.
5. More Companies will Move Towards Being 100% Renewable at all Times
Away from the housing market, within industries the goal is to be carbon neutral. Many companies across the UK have corporate responsibilities in place to ensure that they are doing their bit to help the planet. The trend then advanced to being ‘100% renewable’, then ‘carbon negative’ and now the global giant Google has set their new goal to become “100% renewable every hour of every day.” A challenge some might say, but companies can vouch that they are 100% renewable by buying enough clean energy to cover the amount they use on an annual basis instead of hourly. As more and more companies are following their lead, cleaner energy within domestic and commercial buildings is certainly the right step ahead.
At JTD Solar Installation we are positive about a brighter year ahead. With the challenges many have faced in 2020 one thing has remained certain, the need for a sustainable future to protect the planet from climate change. We are here to discuss any questions you may have about the installation of solar panels – whether that’s on your residential building, your business or on a larger scale working alongside new-build contractors. Our expert team is on hand to assist your step forward in the installation of solar energy.
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