Many green advocates see solar power as the future for energy efficiency. For a number of households and businesses, the cost of solar panel arrays and similar upgrades has proven to be too much of a deterrent to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon. But now, in a handful of states, including Maryland, costs on solar upgrades are going down. The end result: Solar is becoming "more mainstream."
According to The Baltimore Sun, solar projects are becoming increasingly affordable thanks to investments from both the government and private companies helping to drive down costs. As a result, adoption of ordinary solar panels has become commonplace for many Americans.
"Solar is becoming more mainstream," Thomas Leyden, CEO of Solar Grid Storage, told the source. "It's run of the mill now."
As it stands, Maryland is already the eight-largest market for solar power installation in the United States. In 2008, the combined power output of all commercial solar projects amounted to 1.5 megawatts. Just five years later, that figure has skyrocketed to 60 megawatts. The growth can especially be seen among ordinary Maryland households, who comprise about three-fifths of solar power implementation throughout the state.
As more homeowners and companies begin installing energy-saving solar panels, costs will continue to fall, allowing for even further efficiency upgrades in the future.
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