Renewable energy is a big deal in the United States. In fact, last year more than half of all new power capacity came from clean energy, including solar energy. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there are now over 1 million solar systems installed in the United States.
Development isn't going to slow down anytime soon, either. A recent report states that, thanks to the significantly improved Levelized Costs of Electricity (LCOE), the solar energy industry is more competitive than ever.
But which states are driving the shift toward using more solar energy sources? Here's a breakdown:
Top States in Installed Solar Energy Capacity
The Golden State is currently leading the way in solar energy — according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, California has a cumulative installed solar capacity of 13,241 MW, enough energy to power approximately 3,319,000 homes**.
- North Carolina
- New Jersey
- New York
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*The EIA report excludes rooftop solar in its calculation of energy generation. Only utility scale generation from solar sources is included.
**Numbers reflected in this report are from March 2016.