A recent report by Environment America, an environmental advocacy organization, sheds light on how California’s solar energy capacity compares with that of other states. The study, titled “Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States,” was released on July 24 and reveals some interesting information about California solar power.
One of the most salient facts is that although the Golden State led the nation with 1,033 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity added in 2012, it only ranks sixth in the U.S. in terms of solar power generated per capita. While California produces 76 watts per person, that is less than half of what Arizona has been able to create at 167 watts. Granted, the main reason for this is that California has nearly 40 million residents while Arizona has 6 million, so Arizona’s solar capacity is spread over a much smaller number of people. But it has been extremely aggressive in adding new capacity, having installed 710 MW in 2012, second only to California.
The report highlights the accomplishments of the “Dazzling Dozen,” the 12 states that combine to generate 85 percent of existing U.S. solar power. The Dazzling Dozen makes up only 28 percent of the total U.S. population and 21 percent of the nation’s electricity sales, but contributed 87 percent of the solar installations completed in 2012.
These statistics reinforce the fact that more homes and businesses are discovering the major financial and environmental benefits of going solar. If you’re interested in finding out how you can benefit from Bay Area solar power, contact West Coast Solar today.