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Top 10 Solar-Powered States

May 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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The New York Times recently published a list compiled by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) of the top 10 states with the highest aggregate solar capacity in the United States as of last year (2010). Here’s the entire list:

1. California: 47 percent with 971 megawatts

2. New Jersey: 14 percent with 293 MW

3. Colorado: 5 percent with 108 MW

4. Arizona: 5 percent with 101 MW

5. Nevada: 5 percent with 97 MW

6. Florida: 4 percent with 73 MW

7. New York: 3 percent with 54 MW

8. Pennsylvania: 3 percent with 54 MW

9. New Mexico: 2 percent with 45 MW

10. North Carolina: 2 percent with 42 MW

According to Rhone Resch, President of SEIA, the U.S. solar industry currently employs 100,000 Americans and looking at the industry’s growth rate, that number could double in the next couple of years. It’s expected that within a few years, the country will be the largest solar market in the world.

New Jersey managed to capture the second spot thanks mainly to the efforts of New Jersey utility PSE&G which aggressively pushed for small scale solar installations including arrays on top of all utility poles in the state. Hopefully, the recent decision of Gov. Chris Christie to withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Northeast’s program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will not derail the state’s surging renewable energy programs.

Photo: Jimmy Joe on Flickr
via NY Times

Tags: Renewable Energy

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