To understand why US is lagging behind, we have to first look at the many competitors out there. For example, Sun Tech is one of the leading Solar company in China that offers clean power for every application and market, from off-grid systems, to homes, to the world’s largest solar power plants. They can make products alot cheaper because of the relatively inexpensive labor and materials. Its solar modules are installed in over 80 countries. The key for U.S. company to grow is to see how it can possibly lower the cost.
Saranyatil, I do agree with your points up to an extant, the camps in schools and colleges have going to give you only little impact, because have to wait till that generation going to adopt this technology. But if the local authorities or governing body’s make it mandatory, every body will go for it. To boost, they can offer some grant or additional benefits like discounts in tax or some other way, which I stated in previous message. Normally majority of peoples wants to go with the traditional ways. They are always used to keep away from new technology unless and until it is proven. I can point you some interesting development in solar enery consumption please have a look.
See the details of “WORLD'S FIRST SOLAR POWERED STADIUM IN TAIWAN”
The oil magnates in the US are anti-Solar energy, because it will cut into their profits. The cost of aquiring solar enery privately is currently exhorbitant fot this reason. In addition, the American consumer does not take the time to look into this alternative source of energy, instead they listen to the political talking heads who are also the agents of the oil barons.
There is enough sun in the south that could be tapped if the oil interest groups are not blocking the opportunity for interested investors.
Toms i agree with you especially this methods can be incorporated starting lot of camps in schools and colleges plus definitely industries which are going to be a major driver for this business. this should be made as a government policy for each and every industry and homes. we can facilitate this process at a faster rate by employing special team to be right into action and this should be given the most priority till it reaches certain heights in the market.
Even though the reports suggest the solar market is not making a any progress in the stock market I can say that still it will take long time for the companies involved in the solar business to really be visible and make some real growth in the market. It is more connected to the emerging markets again, the technology should be included into many electronic products ranging from street lights to the solar energy based mobile base stations.
I think it is important to note that while dramatic improvements in efficiency and drastic reductions in costs is required, the pattern for these parameters has been quite dramatic and drastic so far as well. The market Solar is penetrating has a threshold of sorts and Solar will have t build that much momentum to get past that barrier and be a winner. It is already hurtling at a great pace towards the goal!
It's really hard to reduce the manufacturing price or the price they are sending out to the market. But it will be really helpful if the companies convince customers in a way that they will be charged at a reasonably less price compared to electricity bill they are paying now for a certain number of years. This will be good deal for both the manufacturing companies and customers. This will definitely increase the usage of Solar technology,also encourage the manufacturing people and researchers to increase the efficiency.
Hi Toms, You have put it so correctly. The marketing guys and government needs to step in and make it attractive. Otherwise people would hesitate to see solar as the first alternative. But then there is mother nature who also decides few things like in many parts of the world the temperatures go below 0 and solar is not an option. But yes for much part of the year we can make use of solar energy. And now everyone talks about being greeen and reducing waste, i guess this is the ideal way to go about it. But you need to market it.
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