2013 is off to a great start for the solar power industry, and you won't find better results than in California. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, our state leads the nation in terms of solar electric system installation for the first quarter of the year.
Thanks to both federal and state-based subsidies, the U.S. added a collective 723 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) generation capability from residential, commercial and utility solar projects. California alone installed 408 MW of PV solar panels during the first three months of 2013. A large majority of the increase is due to installations conducted by utility companies, however the Los Angeles Times noted that residential PV installations did experience an incremental increase when compared to this same time period in 2012.
Rhone Resch, who heads the Solar Energy Industries Association, suggested in an interview that this year's developments are only just the beginning for the solar power movement.
"Obviously California has been a leader for solar energy for some time, but now we're seeing gigawatts installed on an annual basis. It is absolutely conceivable that solar will be installed on pace to replace San Onofre," Resch said, referring to the controversial nuclear power plant that is in the process of being decommissioned.
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