Like every industry the world over, the solar energy industry has felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, with reopening in full swing and a new normal on the horizon, the solar industry is looking to return to pre-pandemic levels of growth and advancement.

In this video, Safari Energy Chief Commercial Officer Kirk Edelman outlines the overall changes and shifts the industry has experienced during this unprecedented period.

“At the onset of COVID, some states put limitations on construction activity. In limited cases, we saw some temporary slowdown,” he said. “However, by and large, solar projects are considered essential services, and the majority continued unabated after adding the appropriate health and safety precautions.”

Edelman said some projects even accelerated during the pandemic by leveraging solutions such as virtual inspections and fast-track permitting.

Safari is a “leading, nationwide commercial and industrial solar developer” that aims to “support the growth of distributed energy resources” and advance a sustainable energy future.

Now, with businesses reopening around the globe, Safari and Edelman believe that the future of the solar energy industry is a bright one.

“Of all the new global power generation added last year, nearly half – 45% — was solar,” he said, adding that some experts believe there are 145 gigawatts of additional solar production capacity in the United States.

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