If you follow American politics you will be aware that Hillary Clinton, wife of ex-president Bill Clinton, is running to be the Democratic Party’s choice to try to become President of the USA in 2016. Apparently, she is particularly keen to significantly increase solar panel capacity in the USA should she be successful in moving into the White House.
It would be her intention to have in excess of 500 million solar panels installed across the country within a period of four years from being elected. That is an awful lot of solar panels to have fitted in such a short period of time and will presumably create extra jobs in the industry in the country.
Those extra solar panels equate to an increase of around 700% in the number of solar panels presently installed. It is forecast that that sort of increase could, in due course, see renewable energy sources generate a minimum of 33% of the USA’s electricity that, we are sure you will agree, is a considerable amount. Mrs Clinton also wishes to see renewable energy providing power to all homes in the USA by the end of her second term.
It will be interesting to see, if she does become President, if she is able to achieve these goals. Support will no doubt be required from government by way of incentivisation. If those targets are met then it will no doubt go a long way towards helping the world reduce its carbon emissions and that has to be a positive factor.
What happens in America can sometimes impact on decisions made in the UK so it will be interesting to observe if our government responds in a positive way from the solar power industry’s point of view should she become President and put measures in place to install as many solar panels as she intends to do in the coming years.