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Trends of Solar and Storage for 2021

In 2021, solar veteran Barry Cinnamon of California looks forward to additional¬†solar as well as storage and fewer COVID-19. Barry Cinnamon is the Chief executive of the¬†Cinnamon Energy Systems in California. When summarizing 2020, he said that “This was the year of nonstop horror, a year when we kept insisting that things could not get any worse, and it did. It was the year in which we were able to afford toilet paper for our few moments of real, unadulterated happiness.” Here are the 2021 predictions for the solar as well as storage as per Cinnamon Energy Systems in California CEO:

For solar, all the roof orientations are a fair game. In the last 20 years, module performance has improved from around 13% to over 20%. It now makes financial sense to mount modules on all the unshaded roof orientations following the commensurate 10x price drop. The days of avoiding the sloping northern rooftops are gone.

Buildings designs will have to be carbon-negative. Higher module efficiencies imply that structures can be built to be carbon-free, generating more power than they use operationally, under two stories in height. As a consequence, the proportion of rooftops filled with solar will rise.

Skill standards would grow for contractors in solar and storage. Higher ability levels are necessary to incorporate the extra features as well as configuration choices of an integrated solar and the storage system. Gone are the times when technicians (installers) only required a black, a red, as well as a green wire to link to enable a device to run correctly. Installers are required to be familiar with the building electrical wiring, CAT 5/6 networking cabling, numerous protocols for wireless communications, laptop as well as cellphone devices, and hundreds of configuration solutions for inverter/battery. For solar and the storage installers, traditional electrical and roofing preparation is just a springboard.

It will maintain the duopoly of module-level control electronics. For over 75 percent of the rooftop installations, inverters from the SolarEdge (power optimizers) as well as Enphase (microinverters) are now the norm. A major barrier to access for rival products has been established by patent rights on these parts, combined with manufacturing size and the National Electric Code’s fast shutdown requirements. Nevertheless, technology is going forward, but policymakers need to pursue their creative attempts to remain ahead.

Customer care and warranties are the primary selection requirements for the battery device. We have known since childhood that the batteries are fundamentally short-lived. The 10-year assurances added to all batteries of the energy storage device are just as good as the firm’s credibility backing these promises (both financial and ethical). Savvy clients can shop for devices with an excellent reputation for endorsing their goods from suppliers.

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