Is electricity from solar panels catching on in America? You bet it is, because it’s cleaner and cheaper and safer than other sources like coal plants and nuclear power plants.

When an earthquake caused a tsunami that messed with the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan back in 2011, that was a wake-up call to the world that nuclear energy is not ideal. Meanwhile, coal plants in America have been shutting down left and right since the EPA has new rules regulating air pollution. Coal is dirty, after all, and it’s better if people aren’t breathing particles in the air from nearby coal power plants.

Solar panel-produced electricity is on the rise, as production grows and becomes cheaper in the years to come. It’s estimated that solar power will expand six-fold by 2030 (according to the International Renewable Energy Agency) as production costs fall as much as 59 percent by 2025. In other words, solar power will start to dominate globally.

In 2015, solar accounts for about 227 gigawatts of power worldwide, but within the next fifteen years you can expect that number to steadily rise to 2,500 gigawatts, providing electricity for about 13% of the planet.

The USA and developed countries in Europe are leading the way for solar power to expand as they place an emphasis on replacing nuclear and coal plants with solar options. Meanwhile, emerging markets for solar power growth will include Russia, Brazil and Mexico.

As innovation continues in the solar power market, expect increases in power storage to be made. Just like computers took a generation or two to become ubiquitous, solar power is going to be the new norm in the coming years.

If you’re ready for solar power now, Solar Solutions can design and install solar panels to meet your energy needs. Covering New Mexico and Texas, where sunshine is abundant, Solar Solutions has been working with solar energy for decades and has the experts to enable your residential or commercial buildings to save money by switching to solar power.

pool flatOne of the nicest things to own and use is a pool with warm water. If the water’s too cold, it’s just not that nice. What about using solar pool heating to keep the water nice and warm?

The nice thing about solar pool heating is that it helps stretch the length of your swimming season, keeping your pool warmer for a longer period of time than if you didn’t have it. As an environmentally-friendly way to heat pool water, solar energy from the sun helps keep your pool comfortable without requiring costly electricity or a refrigerant system with a noisy motor and compressor which eventually wears out or breaks down.

Most solar pool heating systems are fully automated whereas you set the desired temperature and barely ever think about it again for the rest of the swimming season. It’s one of those systems that eventually pays for itself, and then the rest is essentially “free heat” for years to come. Many people like utilizing solar pool heating because it’s not only good for the environment but ultimately saves them money in the long run.

So how does a solar heater work? A solar collector has small passages through which water flows and is warmed by the sun. The collector is able to monitor the pool water temperature so that when the set temperature is reached, water then bypasses the solar collector because the pool water is as warm as the owner wants it to be. Since energy from the sun is free, it’s quite cost-efficient!

Solar Solutions of Texas has installed many solar pool heating systems over the years. Utilizing Heliocol solar panels, Solar Solutions is able to help heat swimming pools in a wide variety of climatic conditions– from the arid desert to cold mountain areas. Since 2006, Solar Solutions has installed more than 400 residential systems throughout Texas, New Mexico, and surrounding states.

If you want to keep your pool warm using energy from the sun, call Solar Solutions today at 915-581-0461.