Solar energy is becoming more diverse than rooftop panels on houses. It has become a consistent source of innovation in the U.S., guiding the flow of research dollars and policies that even the Trump administration can’t seem to dodge — and is even embracing.
President Trump went as far as suggesting the idea of integrating solar panels into his border wall with Mexico after reportedly cribbing it from Las Vegas architect Thomas Gleason.
Not too long ago, electricity worked as a one-way street—utilities produced energy and people consumed it.
Solar energy has changed that model, enabling people who install solar panels on their rooftops to consume the energy generated and sell the rest of it back to utilities. This turns consumers into prosumers — people who both produce and consume energy.