Is the COVID-19 Pandemic Bad News for the Solar Industry?

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

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The fast emerging COVID-19 pandemic has affected every single aspect of global commerce—the US being no exception. But, is the COVID-19 pandemic bad news for the solar industry? According to data obtained through the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), it is factual that the solar industry employs 250,000 workers in the U.S. and over the last 10 years, solar deployment has grown an average of 48% each year. Moreover, in 2019 alone, solar was the fastest growing source of new electricity by allocating 40% of all new American electricity capacity installed. Yet despite of this rapid growth and historic solid upward trend, the solar industry has not been immune to the changes we must all put in place to keep this economy afloat. While we’re still coping with the challenges of this pandemic, 250,000 families in the solar industry are facing the threat of 30% to 50% job losses by the end of this nightmare—to be conservative. A recent mid March 2020 SEIA survey indicated that at least 35% of the solar companies in the U.S. were considering a workforce reduction—before commercial restrictions tightened in major industry states like CA, NY and NJ. There are billions of dollars worth of solar projects pending construction across the country that may lose financing due to fast drying tax equity markets—a core element of the investment tax credit (ITC). We cannot afford such a significant decrease in gigawatts of solar energy deployment and it’s up to solar advocates to demand Congressional action to extend the ITC as well as economic relief for solar companies through this turmoil.


How to Reduce the Impact of COVID-19 in your Solar Business


As a independent solar entrepreneur, the responsible awareness of the opposing threat will not only help us make better marketing investment decisions, but will also help us better advise our customers by setting the right expectations through the sales and installation process.


New permitting and inspection reports are being submitted by individual cities across the country. This data has been conveniently released and updated on a regular basis by the SEIA as new data keeps flowing in. This is key information needed to plan an accurate workflow and to keep field crews and customers informed on new processes and requirements in this morphing environment.


Respecting Social Distance Guidelines


Solar consultants must become torchbearers in the quest of maintaining the confidence in the processes and industry expansion amid the COVID-19 chaos.


Following “Shelter in Place” or “Stay at Home” state mandates are paramount in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. This particular guidelines are somewhat flexible for residents and businesses to perform essential activities or purchase essential products and services.

It’s true that the solar industry provides crucial electricity generation infrastructure to national utilities, commerce and individual residents; and installations can be performed with minimal to no contact following all federal and state contingency guidelines. However, direct public contact with customers through the sales process should be avoided and replaced with alternative video conferencing and online document sharing tools.

Similarly, old school door to door marketing techniques are being challenged and replaced with modern internet sales funnels and social media marketing. Partnering with an expert online marketing consultant may help increase or maintain a steady flow of lead generation to fill the pipelines.


Solar Innovation through Economic Depression





The vast majority of our national workforce finds itself at a juncture of transformation, which will require a lot of people to redirect their career paths.


Powur Energy, operating in 22 states across the country including TX, CA and FL, is a group of solar industry innovators offering a great opportunity to solar experts and the public at large. Powur’s platform type business model allows small enterprises and individual entrepreneurs to start their own solar business with little to no prior experience, minimal investment and potentially high returns at different levels.

Free daily training is available and a one on one mentoring program provides the confidence and convenience of cutting the learning curve while earning money.

Advantages of Going Solar Before a Recession


It is important to highlight the benefits of solar in order to make an impact and increase awareness. Solar Consultants will be doing a great service to our country, our communities and our economy by helping homeowners that qualify for a solar installation act quickly before their situation changes. Some of the benefits homeowners can enjoy are:


  • reduced energy costs,

  • control and predictability in their energy bill,

  • lower overall project costs

  • take advantage of fading ITC and rebates,

  • increased home values,

  • higher purchasing power in uncertain times,

  • $0 down installation

While uncertainty is looming in our lives with COVID-19, it is refreshing to know we still have options to make a better future for us, our families and future generations.


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MANOLO BARDEGUEZ - Welcome to my Blog. I hope the articles on this site inspire you and I encourage you to discover the benefits of going solar for yourself by clicking Go Solar. By clicking Join you can also learn how you can join our movement to connect the world to sustainable technologies and get paid handsomely by the fastest growing solar company in America. If you have any questions, contact me directly at ManoloBard@SunbrightNet.com or call me by clicking the phone icon above.

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