Solar energy installations are surging in the U.S., increasing by 15 percent in the second quarter of 2013. As prices for solar panels continue to fall, more businesses and individuals are turning to it as an important source of reliable energy.
At the Concert for the Climate at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan., last Saturday, Robert Kennedy Jr. spoke to a crowd of 200 about using this momentum to increase the nation’s capacity to collect and transmit our “local” energy. He advocates building more wind farms, photovoltaic power stations and infrastructure to transmit power across distances. He also supports standardizing net metering, which allows those with solar energy to spare to sell it back to power companies.
The use of solar energy is on the rise in the Kansas City area, too. Is your city doing everything it can to smooth the path to renewable energy? Solar Ready KC has developed Best Management Practices to streamline the permitting process for installing solar panels.