Top 10 Solar States in the USA [Infographic]

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2013 TOP 10 SOLAR STATES

State ranking based on the amount of solar electric capacity installed in 2013.

  1. California
    Reigning Champ
    2745.8MW
    607,689 homes
    Half of all solar capacity ever added in California was installed in 2013.
  2. Arizona
    Soaking Up the Sun
    700.7MW
    126,894 homes
    In 2014, the use of solar in Arizona will save enough water to fill 25,000 swimming pools.
  3. North Carolina
    Powering the Internet
    335.4MW
    31,809 homes
    The solar installed at data centers in North Carolina produces enough electricity to power over 213,000 computers.
  4. Massachusetts
    Solar All-Stars
    237.2MW
    38,504 homes
    There 47 solar panels in Massachusetts for every seat at Fenway Park.
  5. New Jersey
    Tri-state Solar Powerhouse
    235.6MW
    33,701 homes
    New Jersey, along with 6 other states, got 100% of their new electrical capacity from solar.
  6. Hawaii
    Solar Paradise
    150.6MW
    29,804 homes
    As of 2013, more than 1 in 9 homes in Hawaii have installed solar.
  7. Georgia
    Solar Peach
    90.9MW
    8,405 homes
    Georgia is the fastest-growing solar market in the nation.
  8. Texas – Related: Solar Panels in Texas
    One to Watch
    75.2MW
    6,973 homes
    There is enough solar potential in Texas to power the world twice over.
  9. New York
    A Solar State of Mind
    69.4MW
    10,731 homes
    There are more solar installations in New York State than taxi cabs in New York City.
  10. Colorado
    A Solar Buzz
    55.9MW
    10,090 homes
    The Colorado solar industry generates as much revenue as its top-ranked craft brewing industry.

Solar Installed in 2013 (MW)

Homes powered by solar: 10,000 homes (an estimate of the number of homes powered per megawatt of solar capacity added in 2013, including both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power)

TOP 10 SOLAR STATES REMIXED

Number of Solar Jobs
1. 47,100 California
2. 8,300 Arizona
3. 6,500 New Jersey
4. 6,400 Massachusetts
5. 5,000 New York
6. 4,100 Texas
7. 4,000 Florida
8. 3,800 Ohio
9. 3,600 Colorado
10.3,100 North Carolina

Price Decline 2012-2013
1. 41% Wisconsin
2. 40% Minnesota
3. 38% Nevada
4. 34% Pennsylvania (Related: State Guide – Solar Panels in PA)
5. 30% Washington, DC
6. 29% North Carolina
7. 28% Florida
8. 24% Hawaii
9. 23% Texas
10.21% Georgia

Cumulative Solar Capacity Installed (MW)
1. 5,660 California
2. 1,822 Arizona
3. 1,211 New Jersey
4. 557 North Carolina
5. 450 Nevada
6. 441 Massachusetts
7. 343 Hawaii
8. 331 Colorado
9. 247 New York
10.236 New Mexico

Percentage of New Electrical Capacity from Solar
1. 100% Arizona
2. 100% Illinois
3. 100% Massachusetts
4. 100% New Jersey
5. 100% Missouri
6. 100% Vermont
7. 100% Washington, DC
8. 92% Tennessee
9. 86% Oregon
10.78% Hawaii

Get solar data from the SEIA/GTM Solar Market Insight Report. Learn more at SEIA.org/smi

(1) SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight 2013 Year in Reviewseia.org/smi; (2) SEIA, “What’s In a Megawatt?” seia.org/whats-megawatt; (3) The Solar Foundation, State Solar Jobs 2013 tsfcensus.org; (4) Change in residential and commercial installed solar prices from Q4 2012- Q4 2013, weighted by capacity installed seia.org/smi; (5) SEIA/GIM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight 2013 Year in Review seia.org/smi; (6) Calculated using data from EIA Electric Power Monthly December 2013 and SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight 2013 Year in Review

 

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