All things considered, solar energy is still a new and underutilized resource compared to many other types of energy we have harnessed over the last hundred years. However the turn toward solar seems to be increasing as companies make installing solar easier and affordable. What could 2017 hold for consumers as the solar landscape continues to change?

It’s safe to say that information about solar energy is still confusing for a lot of people. The concept of renewable energy seems too complex for some, and starting to do research on the internet can lead you down a rabbit hole if you aren’t careful. Couple this with some companies trying to scam homeowners by proposing installation prices and terms that are unfairly high, and you have an industry that seems scary.

With the emergence of groups advocating solar energy, particularly in Florida, potential solar customers are just now becoming more informed and are able to see through ideologies that simply aren’t true any longer. The concept of solar being too expensive has been proved false time and time again, and investing in a renewable energy source has scientific evidence to back its benefits.

The big unknown for the coming year is how legislation might help or harm the influx of solar energy and how accessible it is for everyday people. Currently, homeowners can qualify for a variety of tax incentives and kickbacks for installing a solar system onto their roof. Yet with a change in governmental power, these benefits could potentially be in jeopardy.

Despite the current administration’s attempt to steer the country back toward fossil fuels, solar advocates are still hopeful that the progress made so far will continue to advance awareness and throttle solar power’s expansion.