Top 5 Solar States

There are five states in the U.S. that are leading the way in incorporating renewable energy sources within their borders. These are the reasons why Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York are the top five solar states in the country.

There are five states in the U.S. that are leading the way in incorporating renewable energy sources within their borders. Below are the reasons why Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York are the top five solar states in the country.

Arizona is home to large solar manufacturing plants. The state offers tax incentives for solar projects in accordance to its expansion program in 2011.

California’s goal is to have additional 20,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2020. Governor Jerry Brown wants to take the state’s clean energy plan to the next level.

Colorado plans to increase its solar energy industry to provide more jobs and revenue for the state. Increasing the state’s renewable energy capacity by 20 percent will add at least 4,000 new jobs and $1.9 billion to the GDP.

Massachusetts installed 29.8 megawatts of solar energy capacity last year. Not only that, the state was several incentive programs such as the Commonwealth Solar Stimulus and the 2008 Green Communities Act.New York plans to continue with its Power NY program that replaces old power plants with renewable energy plants. It has a renewable energy credits program and it plans to increase the its use of solar thermal technology.

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7 Responses to “Top 5 Solar States”

  1. business accounting
    February 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    I don’t know about that before. I see California utilizes solar power as well. Cool.

  2. kim@SurprisePoolService
    March 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    In Arizona, even school districts are taking advantage of tax credits and adding solar power to high school rooftops. And also some small communities and neighborhoods are starting solar coops to help homeowners get discounts from solar companies by getting agreements from 40+ homeowners at a time to install solar, thus getting lower bids. I wish home builders selling new model homes in subdivisions would offer solar installation as part of the building process, as an upgrade, so the cost could be included in the new home loan.

  3. Solar Energy in NJ
    March 14, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    New Jersey deserves to be on this list. Not only did the state install over 130 megawatts of solar energy capacity in 2010, it passed legislation at the beginning of last year stating that 7% (or 5,316 GigaWatt Hours) of NJ’s energy must come from solar power by 2026.

    Although it currently doesn’t offer any rebates to purchase a solar system, NJ does participate in the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) and Net Metering programs. To summarize, the SREC program allows system owners to sell credits for the solar energy they’ve generated, while the Net Metering program allows system owners to receive credit from the utility company for any surplus solar energy sent to the grid from their systems.

  4. tab@handyman bathroom remodeling
    March 23, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I am happy to see these states utilizing solar technology; however I think to really make an impact there will have to be an affordable plug-and-generate solar generator solution for the residential market. If a solution could be provided for under $1000.00 to the masses then the solar movement would explode.

  5. Joanna Ciolek
    April 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    With vast spaces and almost unlimited amount of sun we get in Colorado, it’s about time the state utilized this untapped potential, investing in clean energy while at the same time increasing employment. It’s a win-win situation.

  6. Robin
    August 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Every state that places a high importance on helping its citizens to develop, use and buy solar power is an inspiration to all the other states.

  7. Bhanu
    October 19, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    Solar energy is the next resource and the most abundantly available resource to harness for the mass, moreover its clean energy that gives it the distinct advantage over all other types of energy .It ll surely be the energy the world makes good use of and makes it mandatory in the future

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