‘It’s Not Too Late’: Is America ready for solar power?

ABC News’ Ginger Zee takes a look at the growing demand and need for renewable solar energy.
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Tate to make our power grid greener and more sustainable specific question the president is hailing the jobs of green revolution would create. I don't think part of that may be harnessing the power of the someone. Solar power is it new but it all still is booming just yet in a way that it can be aging changer. In this week's it's not too late in Jersey looks at how that's changing one panel and one home at a time. Hi I'm to disease and it's not too late. Take a moment and talk about. Backing. The sun and solar power. We've had the technology to do solar expert seventy some years and we've known that the sun is pretty powerful for Alice's. Still why don't we see solar panels on every house and why is our grid only 3% powered by so. The cost of putting Philip count on your house has gone down 70%. In just the last decade. And the costs in the future going to be cut in half but Tony. The solar industry in the US has plans to grow to in 20/20 alone just over 230000. People worked in Seoul it. But according to the national solar jobs send says that number will need to exceed the 900. Thousand workers by Tony 35 to reach that 100% clean electric goals set by president Biden and get this if we put solar panels on just 22000. Square miles which is about the size of Lake Michigan. That would be enough electricity to power the United States. Just this week about an administration approved a solar farm that could power 90000 homes in California to warn. 100%. Carbon pollution free electric sector by 2035. And it appears that all as possible touchy. The technology has been around for a long absolutely yes that's what blows my mind and I like hi why hasn't taken this long. This is gearing concludes that. A researcher working at the Rutgers center for green building his most recent project focused on why people choose to go select. The other thing people like baseline essayist. Well island to pardon aren't. That's not necessarily something that excludes you pencil and. Absolutely not believe you've seen really aggressive policies in Massachusetts for instance and Connecticut part of my research was on trying to figure out. What drives the higher adoption rates for the solar panels and in residential house in residential building. And top two tanks has how much sun you get and what's your electricity bill. Residential solar panels on average cost between ten and two money 5000. Depending on where you live and your energy means. There is currently a 26%. Federal rebate Anders state has different incentives. It depends on your electricity bill LC depends on this pace here you have available in Europe. But these systems typically pay themselves and 789 units. Only a solar panels but you can also finance them and even resent. And what is communities solid describe that for anybody who might sign up solar is basically you denounce. Have to have the solar panels on the rooftop. And business let's mention of solar farm. And you can either purchase solar panels in that solar farm or you can it's like a subscription system program paid for that and still receive the benefits that's what made the most sense to Robert McHugh heat retired last year. And he's been loved. The savings and my cumulative kilowatt hours or zero. And then once the sun comes up in March these are all negative numbers. Which means on getting back. Like most people I had a ton of questions before diving in to select the snow on top models. Whether in the winter you know there's all this fear. That hole with a near narco you're going to be without electricity. None of which is true so hero is on the grant you just get the credit for the solar that you threatening yet. Thank that's one thing that people don't know or don't realize is the case sent word we're not divorced from. From decorated at all yet and you still have the back up its day but now we always have lectures and yes and that line. Run seamlessly. And no one has ever seen it and then it goes read a live right outside that box and that's how it gets connected to the grant. In New Jersey alone pre pandemic they were more than 300 companies that install solar panels. This following here this 350 watt panel Phoenix energy was the one that worked on Bob. Sowers action thereafter over monitors this way and if you want to. Wait another five years and kind of hold. That is some massive advancement. Yours gonna keep paying you know. The utility company at a higher rate you're keeping your delivery charges. The arguing over a larger carbon program. Each state is different the cost of energy is highest in states like Massachusetts Connecticut and California. Not only is the cost difference but though her rules are different. Here in New Jersey beat energy that you make with your solar panels goes back to the grid then you get the credit. That also happens in Nevada. Property brother Jonathan Scott made up whole documentary about it. I was putting solar and my home and I. I got the system installed and then I was met with so much frustration. From the utility that they would not. Just look the switch let me start using less solar at the doc takes a deep dive into the policies that'll be needed to expand solar collar across the US. Why do we not have a federal policy. That makes it so the incentives are the same for everybody it beat techno to access the technology is equitable. But as a consumer. Knowing that I eat. Coming up dumped ice and not short it's at right time. It's so confusing. Even apply for some of these credits needs incentives that no wonder a lot of people don't. Let's make it easy we know that we have the technology. We could leave the world and end in truly show everybody how it's done. And I feel like that's that's something we should be doing we have everything all the means to be able to do it. And the only reason it's not happening. It's because of the misinformation overall he says everybody should have the option to go select the sun does not sign exclusivity deals such as sodas there for everybody. So let's find a way that we can make sure that were working together. This is where the jobs are this is where this strong economy is going to be and this is what is going to me get so it is held near our families and. So the moral of the story is doing everything she checked it out you might be surprised if some of the changes and things that you use our true that aren't handing mark. I'm dangers seen and it's not too. Didn't easy breaking down what a solar powered future looks like our thanks to you.

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