Solar Panels Cost – Will The Solar Industry Soon Need More Skilled Workers?

For one of the first times, the solar power industry may be in a position where it needs more skilled workers than are available. In a recent report published by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and The Solar Foundation, solar capacity has grown very quickly over the last few years, despite the fact that the economy is still dragging. If the industry continues along the lines of their forecasts, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory believes that up to 75% of the U.S. solar market will have grid-parity by the year 2015. This could make solar installation much more common, and increase the level of adoption. This would greatly increase the distance between the supply of solar installation professionals and the demand for them.

In addition to government incentives, having a higher number of trained, qualified and certified solar installers has helped to drive down the cost of solar panel installation, making it much more reliable and more attractive to a wider number of customers. As the industry continues to mature, productivity will continue to increase, meaning that fewer workers will be required per megawatt. This will again lead to a lower cost of solar panels.

Although those that have been watching the solar panel industry over the past few years will be aware of the exponential growth that it has experienced, this is good news for anyone in or around the industry. It presents a great opportunity both for the job market and for those interested in alternative energy sources. Because of the increase in demand for skilled workers, this is the perfect time to embark on a new career path for anyone who is having trouble finding work, or is looking for something new. For homeowners, this means lower costs for an increasingly affordable form of renewable energy.

If you are looking for more information about solar installation (Click Here), your options and its cost, contact us at The Electric Connection. We would love to help you find an affordable way to add panels to your home.