A solar education

Can the roofing industry rise to the challenge?

The U.S. faces serious energy challenges. With aging nuclear facilities, increased strain on fossil fuel sources and the International Energy Agency projecting a 76 percent increase in energy demand by 2030, renewable-energy sources—such as solar energy—have a big future.

Solar energy also presents serious dilemmas, including high capital costs, broad skill sets required to build photovoltaic (PV) systems and problems created by widespread grid-connected PV systems. However, unlike other energy sources, we won't run out of solar energy any time soon; we just need to learn how to better harness solar resources.

Solar on the rise

It is important you understand several things about solar energy.