NRG Energy Predicts Bright Future for Solar Energy
David Crane, CEO of NEC member NRG Energy, was recently featured in a USA Today story about the future of solar energy. NRG Energy is the biggest independent producer of electricity in the United States.
In the article, Mr. Crane predicted that the electricity generating system will transition within the next generation from being heavily reliant on coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants to being powered by homes and businesses with rooftop solar panels. He also expects that homes and businesses will be increasingly able to meet their own energy needs through solar generation and may even be able to ‘go off the grid.’ In light of these predictions, NRG has been focused on increasing solar distribution, adding 3,000 new solar customers from January through March of 2015. The growth could have been even higher if not for the heavy snowstorms affecting the Northeast, where most of NRG’s solar customers are located. The company is hoping to reach as many as 40,000 solar customers by the end of 2015.
“I think electricity today is where the telecom industry was about 1990. The fixed line is still out there, right? But I can’t tell you the last time I made a long-distance call from my home phone,” said Crane of the future of solar.
The New England Council applauds NRG Energy for its dedication to expanding the use of renewable energy sources.