New Solar Study Looks Back On 2012, California Ranks High

The California solar energy industry is thriving thanks to tax incentives and shrinking costs of solar panels for homes, but a new report from Environment America Research and Policy Center shows that the state has hardly reached full capacity. The study, entitled “Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States”, provides information on solar statistics for what the report calls the “Dazzling Dozen”, the 12 states that produce 85 percent of the nation’s solar generated electricity.

California leads the country, having grown astounding 35 percent in 2012 to bring our total amount of installed solar capacity to 2,901 megawatts (MW).

“California’s leadership in promoting renewable energy sources must continue,” State Senator Marty Block (SD-39), said in a news release. “Our shared vision for protecting the environment and developing future technologies is essential to the next generation’s quality of life, our state’s economy, and setting the trend for the nation’s approach to energy security policy.”

California added 1,033 MW of capacity in 2012, 400 more than the next state (Arizona) which is enough power to provide electricity for 750,000 homes.

It’s possible that 2013 will turn into another record breaking year for California. Customers of Southern California Edison can still take advantage of the California Solar Initiative, a rebate program designed to incentivize residents to invest in solar energy, and solar financing is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners who are looking to lower their monthly utility bills. Contact AMECO Solar at (888) 595-9570 or email gosolar@amecosolar.com to find out more about going solar in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.