As was the case for every person and every sector, the story of 2020 for solar was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This report captures key observations about the U.S. solar industry from local, regional, and national solar installers — and provides a detailed look at the current state of affairs, as well as the mentality of installers going forward and their plans for growth. With that in mind, here are several key findings from the 2020 Solar Installer Survey:
The shift to 100% online selling is permanent for some, but temporary for most
当被问及当他们计划to resume selling solar in person, the majority of respondents stated that they are already doing so, or plan to soon, while many don’t expect to sell in person for several more months — if at all. However, 12% of solar installers plan to continue selling 100% remotely moving forward as a result of adjustments made during the pandemic.
2020 was the best year ever for residential energy storage installations in the U.S., a trend that solar installers confirm. According to survey respondents, both consumer interest and the storage attachment rate jumped by over 30% between 2019 and 2020, resulting in a nationwide average attachment rate of 20%. Resilience, better known as emergency backup power, remains the primary driver for battery demand, as evidenced by what we’re witnessing in Texas after the state’s devastating February power outages. Registrations for solar and battery quotes on EnergySage.com increased 392% in Texas, with interest remaining very high in the weeks following the storms.
“Like so many solar installers across the country, we too are excited for the industry’s future and about our abilities to help people feel secure and resilient,” said Vikram Aggarwal, CEO and founder of EnergySage. “With extreme weather events and subsequent power outages now a common occurrence – not to mention an aging electrical grid – consumers are turning to our industry for solutions, and we’re well-positioned to deliver.”
EnergySage fielded this survey throughout January 2021. In addition to EnergySage, NABCEP, the leading certification organization for renewable energy professionals, as well as several large manufacturers, distributors, publications, and industry associations, sent the survey to their own installer networks. In total, 651 solar installers participated across 48 states and two territories: Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
“As always, thank you to everyone who took this year’s survey, and to the organizations that continue to help us collect such valuable insights into the state of the PV industry,” said Shawn O’Brien, president and CEO of NABCEP. “Our team relies on important information like this to better understand the current needs and future challenges of solar professionals so that we can adjust our programs and services accordingly.”
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