What an amazing time to be alive – 2016, the year when renewable energy crossed the threshold of being cheaper than fossil fuels.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the United States created a new megawatt of solar-based energy every 32 minutes. That’s a lot of electricity added to the grid.
Combined with the fact that electronic devices continue to shrink in footprint and consumption, along with the increase in battery efficiency and storage, the future of automation looks like it will certainly be shifting to a cleaner, more sustainable base.
Of course, it will be interesting to see the impact of a new administration in office. Particularly one that doesn’t necessarily accept the science behind climate change. A bunch of people with traditional fossil fuel economics at stake won’t necessarily be showing new renewable energy sources any love.
It’s always unfortunate when politics get in the way of social and technological advancement. It hearkens back to the earlier days in America when entire forests were clear cut because timber was the primary building and fuel source for the average person.
Maybe someday we can figure out a reasonable balance.