SEIA Report Details Benefits of Solar Heating and Cooling

The U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released a roadmap for increasing solar heating and cooling capacity in the United States to 300 gigawatts-thermal (GWth) by 2025.

By installing 100 million new solar thermal collectors, the nation could generate 8 percent of its total heating and cooling needs through solar, create 50,250 new American jobs and save more than $61 billion in future energy costs.

While solar heating and cooling is the most efficient renewable technology for generating thermal heat, with costs as low as $0.06 per kilowatt-hour, only 30,000 heating and cooling systems are installed annually.

With 9 GWth of solar heating and cooling capacity installed, the United States ranks 36th in installed capacity relative to population.

“Our challenge is to do a better job of educating policymakers — at both the state and federal level — about the enormous benefits solar heating and cooling provides to American consumers and businesses, as well as to the U.S. economy,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.

“If we’re successful, the payoff will be enormous in terms of future job creation and energy savings.

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