Top 10 Solar States Last Year


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A recent report by the Environment America Research & Policy Center took a look at the U.S. states that were driving the solar boom per capita in 2013. The states ranked as follows based on the cumulative per capita solar capacity at the end of 2013:

  1. Arizona
  2. Hawaii
  3. Nevada
  4. California
  5. New Jersey
  6. New Mexico
  7. Delaware
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Colorado
  10. North Carolina

The factors that have led to each state’s success primarily include local and state-specific policies:

  1. Strong net metering policies that compensate consumers for supplying the grid
  2. Statewide interconnection policies that reduce barriers
  3. Renewable electricity standards with a solar carve-out
  4. Creative financing options such as PPAs, leases and PACE financing
  5. Solar rights policies overriding local ordinances or HOAs

States to look out for:

  1. New York has expanded it’s commitment to going solar
  2. Vermont raised it’s net metering cap to 15% of a utility’s peak load
  3. Georgia’s PSC required it’s largest utility to construct or procure 525 MW by 2016
  4. Minnesota established a solar feed-in-tariff in 2013

Hurdles:

  1. Arizona recently voted to end tax incentives for solar
  2. APS, Arizona’s largest utility, proposed a fix $50-$100 monthly net metering charge
  3. ALEC, a conservative legislative group tried to repeal or roll back the RPS in 16 states in 2013
  4. ALEC-inspired net metering changes were recently adopted in Oklahoma

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