The US Department of Energyrsquos SunShot Initiative is a national collaborative effort to make solar energy costcompetitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade Last September a SunShot team installed a rooftop solar system on a Habitat for Humanity project in Washington DC The project was a demonstration of how distributed power can benefit lowincome homeowners Jamie Nolan/U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is a national collaborative effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. Last September, a SunShot team installed a rooftop solar system on a Habitat for Humanity project in Washington, D.C. The project was a demonstration of how distributed power can benefit low-income homeowners.

Opportunities in the Balance

If solar panels are not proliferating on rooftops in your neighborhood, you have an opportunity to get ahead of the curve and establish yourself as the reliable source of products and expertise. Many traditional electrical manufacturers, familiar names in our part of the industry, are building packages of products for this market, so setting yourself up for solar may be as easy as expanding your relationship with your existing suppliers.

The expanding markets for rooftop solar and other forms of distributed, onsite power generation systems may still seem like a far-off, obscure and somewhat unlikely trend in many markets of the United States, but evidence continues to build suggesting there’s a substantial transformation underway in the way your customers’ customers think about electric power.

On a cost basis, rooftop solar – the leading edge of distributed generation – continues to improve its prospects throu

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