Is Your State Among Top Solar Energy Producers?
03 June 2013
U.S. solar installations grew an incredible 76% last year on the back of rapidly falling costs and growing capabilities by solar installers. The usual suspects, including California and Arizona, dominated much of the 3.3 GW of solar installed last year, but there are a few surprising states picking up their interest in solar.
Some states are driven by subsidies, some are driven by sun, and some are driven by the high cost of traditional electricity. So where does your state stand?
U.S. solar panels
installations grew an incredible 76% last year on the back of rapidly falling costs and growing capabilities by solar installers.
The Usual Suspects
It's not surprising that California and Arizona top the list for U.S. solar installations. Both states are very sunny, and in the southern portion of the country they don't have the same daylight swings as northern states.
Most solar going up in both states is the utility-scale variety, which makes for rapid expansion. Solar powerhouses First Solar and SunPower are turning large swaths of desert into power-generating assets in both states. First Solar is building the Desert Sunlight (550 MW) and Topaz Solar Farm (550 MW) in California and Agua Caliente (290 MW) in Arizona.