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Top 10 Solar States

Top 10 Solar States State ranking based on the amount of solar electric capacity installed in 2012 Learn more at seia.org/smi Installed in 2012 (MW) 1 Homes powered by solar 2 (an estimate of the number of homes powered per megawatt of installed solar capacity, including both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power) =10,000 homes 1 California 2 Arizona Top 10 Solar States Remixed Best in Sunniest Show State Rooftop Solar Potential (MW)° 1032.7 710.3 MW MW 139,000 626,000 homes 1 California 76,000 homes 2 Texas 60,000 3 Florida 4 Ohio 5 Illinois 49,000 If California were its own country, it would rank 7th globally in installed PV capacity. Arizona installed more 27,000 utility-scale solar in 2012 than any other state. 26,000 6 Georgia 25,000 7 New York 25,000 8 North Carolina 23,000 9 Michigan 22,000 10 Pennsylvania 20,000 3 New Jersey 4 Nevada Solar Garden State Wild Card Price Decline AAAAAA 414.9 198 2011 to 2012* MW 139,000 homes MW 58,000 homes 1 Maryland 2 Massachusetts 33.18% There is enough solar energy in Nevada to power every household in the state's There are more solar 28.96% company locations in New Jersey than tanning salons. 3 Oregon 4 New Jersey 5 Illinois 6 Vermont 7 Arizona 26.00% 22.70% capitol, Carson City. 22.37% 21.80% 20.13% 5 North Carolina 6 Massachusetts 8 Texas 9 Wisconsin 10 Delaware 19.79% 18.93% 15.60% Solar Takes Brightest Flight Future 131.9 128.9 22,000 homes 32,000 homes Solar Per Capita (watts per person) MW MW In 2012, the state's solar industry made more money installing panels than the New England Patriots made selling tickets. The Tar Heel State is no fluke- North Carolina is 1 Arizona 2 Nevada 3 Hawaii 4 New Jersey 5 New Mexico expected to rank 4th in 2013 in solar installed. 167 146 137 110 7 Hawaii 8 Maryland 91 6 California 76 7 Colorado 52 8 Delaware 48 9 Vermont 34 10 Massachusetts 30 Solar A Mover and Shaker, Hon Kahuna 108.7 74.3 37,000 homes 11,000 homes MW MW Hawaiians get a greater percentage of their electricity from solar than any other state. Maryland's solar industry is even bigger than its famous crab industry. Cumulative Solar Capacity Installed (MW)° 1 California 2 Arizona 3 New Jersey 971 4 Nevada 403 5 Colorado 270 2902 10 Texas 1097 9 Colorado Most Untapped 6 North Carolina 229 7 Massachusetts 198 8 Pennsylvania 196 9 Hawaii 191 10 New Mexico 190 Potential 3-Mile-High Solar State 69.9 64.1 49,000 homes 13,000 homes MW MW Denver may be the "mile-high" city, but if you stack up all the solar panels installed in Colorado in 2012, they'd reach 3 miles into the sky. If you include all of its usable land, the solar potential of Texas is more than twice that of any SEIAecaon Solar Energy Industries Association® other state. © Copyright SEIA 2013 Get solar data from the SEIA/GTM Solar Market Insight Report. Learn more at: SEIA.org/smi (1) SEIA/GTM Solar Market Insight 2012 Year in Review; (2) SEIA, "What's In a Megawatt?" http://www.seia.org/policy/solar-technology/photovoltaic- solar-electric/whats-megawatt; (3) Rooftop solar capacity that could be supported if every usable rooftop in a state were covered by solar photovoltaic NREL http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/51946.pdf; (4) Change in residential and commercial installed : rom Q4 2011- Q4 2012 weighted by capacity installed; SEIA/GTM Solar Market Insight 2012 Year in Review http://www.seia.org/smi; (5) Watts of cumulative solar electric capacity per state resident. SMI/GTM Solar Market Insight 2012 Year in Review http://www.seia.org/smi and U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 population estimates http://www.census.gov/popest/data/state/totals/2012/index.html; (6) SEIA/GTM Solar Market Insight 2012 Year in Review

Top 10 Solar States

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In 2012, the U.S. solar industry installed 3.3 GW of solar capacity, growing 76% over 2011. What's happened with solar in your state? It was a record year for many states. California became the fi...

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