1-27-2014 National “Shout Out For Solar” Day & Solar Awareness
Friday, January 24 – The SEIA (Solar Energy Industry Association) celebrated their 40th anniversary and held a new solar awareness event called National “Shout Out For Solar” Day. Thousands participated by taking pictures of themselves with posters saying “I love solar,” “#GoSolar #GoUSA,” and others; then posting the pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms with hashtag #GoSolar. Hundreds of businesses and environmental groups were also involved in National “Shout Out For Solar” Day. Click here to see how GreenLancer participated!
SEIA and Solar Awareness
The SEIA has also started a campaign for solar awareness and education. Their goal is to teach Americans the value of solar power, and to show that America is one of the leading countries in the solar industry. Last year saw an explosion of growth in the solar industry, and it is predicted that this year will see an additional 30% growth. Information on the solar industry can be found on the SEIA website.
It has been 40 years since the SEIA came into being, and there has been tremendous progress in not only the solar industry itself, but also in the public’s solar awareness. Solar technology has been around since the 1970’s, but has really taken off only recently. According to the SEIA “Today, solar is one of the fastest-growing industries in America, employing 120,000 workers and generating an estimated 13 gigawatts (GW) of clean electricity – enough to effectively power 2 million homes,” which is remarkable for an industry that is relatively young.
Myths Surrounding Solar
PVSolar debunked some solar myths for National “Shout Out For Solar” Day, including one of the biggest myths; solar is too expensive and is only for the rich. Although it is true that not everyone can afford solar power, the vast majority of the middle class can. According to PVSolar, “Since just 2010, the average price of a solar system has dropped over 50%,” and the price keeps dropping with new technology and cheaper materials.
Other myths that PVSolar talks about in their article are: it takes a long time for solar to pay off, solar is just for hippie environmentalists, the technology is improving, so I should wait, solar doesn’t work in cloudy weather or northern states, and a few others. Check out their article “Top 7 Solar Myths Debunked as America Supports Solar Campaign Kicks Off” to read about the truth of solar power.
America Supports Solar Campaign
The SEIA has taken it upon themselves to bring solar awareness to the American people. It will be a big job, thanks to little media coverage, and bad media coverage such as a recent 60 Minutes segment. Natural gas is limited, but the sun is, for all intents and purposes, unlimited. The message that solar is a thriving industry will be spread via word of mouth, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs like this one. Solar energy is the future, so let’s spread the word and make it happen!