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Solar State By State

Explore the latest solar market insights and policy updates in all 50 states. All market data is current through Q2 2018.

58.3 GW
Of total solar capacity installed nationwide.
250,000
Americans working in solar.
1,828,000
Solar energy systems installed nationwide.
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California Solar MW Installed 22,777.17 Number Of Installations 863,266 Solar Jobs 86,414
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 250.97 Number Of Installations 197 Solar Jobs 488
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Alaska Solar MW Installed 2.24 Number Of Installations 506 Solar Jobs 72
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Arizona Solar MW Installed 3,613.06 Number Of Installations 122,668 Solar Jobs 8,381
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 140.69 Number Of Installations 666 Solar Jobs 284
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 1,055.17 Number Of Installations 48,150 Solar Jobs 6,789
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 497.66 Number Of Installations 30,748 Solar Jobs 2,168
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 120.81 Number Of Installations 6,163 Solar Jobs 549
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Florida Solar MW Installed 1,942.91 Number Of Installations 26,936 Solar Jobs 8,589
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,556.33 Number Of Installations 1,611 Solar Jobs 4,310
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 849.01 Number Of Installations 80,390 Solar Jobs 2,715
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 414.21 Number Of Installations 2,385 Solar Jobs 654
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 97.84 Number Of Installations 2,957 Solar Jobs 3,571
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 316.73 Number Of Installations 1,986 Solar Jobs 2,775
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 71.18 Number Of Installations 3,262 Solar Jobs 815
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 16.36 Number Of Installations 1,038 Solar Jobs 538
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Kentucky Solar MW Installed 40.9 Number Of Installations 486 Solar Jobs 1,293
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Louisiana Solar MW Installed 92.04 Number Of Installations 13,740 Solar Jobs 2,668
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Maine Solar MW Installed 41.97 Number Of Installations 4,108 Solar Jobs 713
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Maryland Solar MW Installed 966.97 Number Of Installations 58,358 Solar Jobs 5,324
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 2,225.85 Number Of Installations 82,964 Solar Jobs 11,530
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 118.2 Number Of Installations 3,640 Solar Jobs 4,134
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 900.91 Number Of Installations 4,272 Solar Jobs 4,256
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 228.48 Number Of Installations 185 Solar Jobs 923
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 167.61 Number Of Installations 6,337 Solar Jobs 2,609
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Montana Solar MW Installed 54.29 Number Of Installations 1,123 Solar Jobs 208
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Nebraska Solar MW Installed 20.95 Number Of Installations 384 Solar Jobs 1,375
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Nevada Solar MW Installed 2,657.73 Number Of Installations 30,207 Solar Jobs 6,564
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 76.2 Number Of Installations 6,362 Solar Jobs 1,051
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,526.33 Number Of Installations 94,510 Solar Jobs 7,106
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 752.68 Number Of Installations 16,573 Solar Jobs 2,522
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,462.93 Number Of Installations 102,508 Solar Jobs 9,012
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 4,490.64 Number Of Installations 8,381 Solar Jobs 7,622
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.33 Number Of Installations 30 Solar Jobs 145
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 182.13 Number Of Installations 2,672 Solar Jobs 6,518
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 47.64 Number Of Installations 484 Solar Jobs 739
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 477.45 Number Of Installations 16,662 Solar Jobs 3,965
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 386.46 Number Of Installations 22,293 Solar Jobs 3,848
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 64.87 Number Of Installations 2,920 Solar Jobs 1,064
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 591.14 Number Of Installations 14,578 Solar Jobs 2,829
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 1.47 Number Of Installations 46 Solar Jobs 485
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 238 Number Of Installations 2,203 Solar Jobs 4,411
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Texas Solar MW Installed 2,623.51 Number Of Installations 41,660 Solar Jobs 8,873
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,626.99 Number Of Installations 30,500 Solar Jobs 6,170
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 227.14 Number Of Installations 7,368 Solar Jobs 1,535
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 635.45 Number Of Installations 4,587 Solar Jobs 3,565
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Washington DC Solar MW Installed 52.66 Number Of Installations 3,164 Solar Jobs 1,294
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 6.56 Number Of Installations 772 Solar Jobs 311
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 56.21 Number Of Installations 3,799 Solar Jobs 2,921
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 2.46 Number Of Installations 300 Solar Jobs 144
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State Solar Policy MW Installed Number Of Installations Solar Jobs
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California Solar MW Installed 22,777.17 Number Of Installations 863,266 Solar Jobs 86,414
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 250.97 Number Of Installations 197 Solar Jobs 488
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Alaska Solar MW Installed 2.24 Number Of Installations 506 Solar Jobs 72
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Arizona Solar MW Installed 3,613.06 Number Of Installations 122,668 Solar Jobs 8,381
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 140.69 Number Of Installations 666 Solar Jobs 284
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 1,055.17 Number Of Installations 48,150 Solar Jobs 6,789
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 497.66 Number Of Installations 30,748 Solar Jobs 2,168
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 120.81 Number Of Installations 6,163 Solar Jobs 549
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Florida Solar MW Installed 1,942.91 Number Of Installations 26,936 Solar Jobs 8,589
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,556.33 Number Of Installations 1,611 Solar Jobs 4,310
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 849.01 Number Of Installations 80,390 Solar Jobs 2,715
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 414.21 Number Of Installations 2,385 Solar Jobs 654
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 97.84 Number Of Installations 2,957 Solar Jobs 3,571
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 316.73 Number Of Installations 1,986 Solar Jobs 2,775
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 71.18 Number Of Installations 3,262 Solar Jobs 815
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 16.36 Number Of Installations 1,038 Solar Jobs 538
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Kentucky Solar MW Installed 40.9 Number Of Installations 486 Solar Jobs 1,293
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Louisiana Solar MW Installed 92.04 Number Of Installations 13,740 Solar Jobs 2,668
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Maine Solar MW Installed 41.97 Number Of Installations 4,108 Solar Jobs 713
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Maryland Solar MW Installed 966.97 Number Of Installations 58,358 Solar Jobs 5,324
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 2,225.85 Number Of Installations 82,964 Solar Jobs 11,530
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 118.2 Number Of Installations 3,640 Solar Jobs 4,134
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 900.91 Number Of Installations 4,272 Solar Jobs 4,256
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 228.48 Number Of Installations 185 Solar Jobs 923
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 167.61 Number Of Installations 6,337 Solar Jobs 2,609
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Montana Solar MW Installed 54.29 Number Of Installations 1,123 Solar Jobs 208
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Nebraska Solar MW Installed 20.95 Number Of Installations 384 Solar Jobs 1,375
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Nevada Solar MW Installed 2,657.73 Number Of Installations 30,207 Solar Jobs 6,564
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 76.2 Number Of Installations 6,362 Solar Jobs 1,051
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,526.33 Number Of Installations 94,510 Solar Jobs 7,106
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 752.68 Number Of Installations 16,573 Solar Jobs 2,522
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,462.93 Number Of Installations 102,508 Solar Jobs 9,012
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 4,490.64 Number Of Installations 8,381 Solar Jobs 7,622
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.33 Number Of Installations 30 Solar Jobs 145
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 182.13 Number Of Installations 2,672 Solar Jobs 6,518
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 47.64 Number Of Installations 484 Solar Jobs 739
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 477.45 Number Of Installations 16,662 Solar Jobs 3,965
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 386.46 Number Of Installations 22,293 Solar Jobs 3,848
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 64.87 Number Of Installations 2,920 Solar Jobs 1,064
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 591.14 Number Of Installations 14,578 Solar Jobs 2,829
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 1.47 Number Of Installations 46 Solar Jobs 485
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 238 Number Of Installations 2,203 Solar Jobs 4,411
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Texas Solar MW Installed 2,623.51 Number Of Installations 41,660 Solar Jobs 8,873
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,626.99 Number Of Installations 30,500 Solar Jobs 6,170
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 227.14 Number Of Installations 7,368 Solar Jobs 1,535
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 635.45 Number Of Installations 4,587 Solar Jobs 3,565
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Washington DC Solar MW Installed 52.66 Number Of Installations 3,164 Solar Jobs 1,294
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 6.56 Number Of Installations 772 Solar Jobs 311
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 56.21 Number Of Installations 3,799 Solar Jobs 2,921
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 2.46 Number Of Installations 300 Solar Jobs 144
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Texas Solar

New solar generation capacity is needed to meet growing electricity demand in Texas. With appropriate state policy that removes market barriers and recognizes solar's benefits, the Texas solar market will see significant growth in the coming years.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 5th (4th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 300,077.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.69%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 492 (69 Manufacturers, 215 Installers/Developers, 208 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $3242.90 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 4,366 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 3rd).

Kentucky Solar

There are 51 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Kentucky

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 44th (36th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 4,046.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.08%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 38 (6 Manufacturers, 17 Installers/Developers, 15 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $64.97 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 96 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 42nd).

Maine Solar

There are 64 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Maine.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 43rd (37th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 5,432.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.49%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 59 (4 Manufacturers, 32 Installers/Developers, 23 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $125.12 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.

Kansas Solar

There are 40 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Kansas.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 46th (44th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 2,117.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 35 (7 Manufacturers, 17 Installers/Developers, 11 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $41.31 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.

Iowa Solar

There are 76 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Iowa.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 37th (35th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 8,441.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.15%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 52 (5 Manufacturers, 34 Installers/Developers, 13 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $157.59 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 299 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 31st).

Idaho Solar

There are 51 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Idaho.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 21st (16th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 57,475.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.47%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 30 (2 Manufacturers, 17 Installers/Developers, 11 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $490.78 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 149 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 40th).

Arkansas Solar

There are 31 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Arkansas.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 30th (46th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 16,154.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.12%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 27 (3 Manufacturers, 14 Installers/Developers, 10 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $168.51 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 285 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 32nd).

Alaska Solar

There are 14 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Alaska

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 49th (48th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 290.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 9 (5 Installers/Developers, 4 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $7.17 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% in the last year.

Alabama Solar

There are 48 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Alabama.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 24th (18th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 25,842.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.27%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 36 (5 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 15 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $287.65 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 302 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 30th).

Michigan Solar

There are 233 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Michigan, including 81 manufacturers.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 33rd (23rd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 18,515.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.15%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 142 (31 Manufacturers, 67 Installers/Developers, 44 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $192.04 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 605 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 25th).

Mississippi Solar

There are 18 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Mississippi

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 26th (15th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 24,213.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.25%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 13 (1 Manufacturer, 9 Installers/Developers, 3 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $249.95 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 246 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 36th).

Wyoming Solar

There are 15 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Wyoming

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 48th (49th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 359.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 13 (8 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $5.61 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 111 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 41st).

West Virginia Solar

There are more than 19 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in West Virginia.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 47th (47th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 849.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 12 (2 Manufacturers, 6 Installers/Developers, 4 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $24.50 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.

South Dakota Solar

There are 18 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in North Dakota

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 50th (50th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 190.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 14 (2 Manufacturers, 5 Installers/Developers, 7 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $2.68 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.

South Carolina Solar

There are more than 70 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in South Carolina.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 18th (8th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 64,865.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.38%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 63 (9 Manufacturers, 34 Installers/Developers, 20 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $843.67 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 907 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 20th).

Oklahoma Solar

There are 32 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Oklahoma.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 42nd (31st in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 5,914.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.04%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 24 (1 Manufacturer, 12 Installers/Developers, 11 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $57.38 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 92 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 43rd).

North Dakota Solar

There are 10 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in North Dakota.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 51st (51st in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 42.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.00%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 7 (1 Manufacturer, 2 Installers/Developers, 4 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $1.67 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.

Nebraska Solar

There are 31 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Nebraska.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 45th (42nd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 2,711.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 26 (3 Manufacturers, 14 Installers/Developers, 9 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $30.57 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.

Montana Solar

There are 43 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Montana

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 41st (28th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 8,014.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 30 (3 Manufacturers, 22 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $72.48 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 54 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 44th).

Rhode Island Solar

There are 32 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Rhode Island.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 39th (30th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 11,490.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.62%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 23 (5 Manufacturers, 9 Installers/Developers, 9 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $122.73 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 271 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 34th).

Louisiana Solar

There are currently more than 72 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Louisiana.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 35th (45th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 8,322.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.17%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 55 (3 Manufacturers, 35 Installers/Developers, 17 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $300.36 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 307 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 29th).

Indiana Solar

There are 98 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Indiana.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 23rd (24th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 36,104.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.40%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 65 (11 Manufacturers, 30 Installers/Developers, 24 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $491.26 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 790 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 21st).

Virginia Solar

There are more than 221 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Virginia.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 17th (10th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 69,060.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.59%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 199 (16 Manufacturers, 85 Installers/Developers, 98 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $777.58 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,293 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 9th).

New Hampshire Solar

New Hampshire is home to 85 solar companies that have worked hard to make an impact in the available clean energy in the state. A large portion of these solar companies focus on manufacturing.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 36th (39th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 11,973.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.52%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 63 (13 Manufacturers, 27 Installers/Developers, 23 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $198.32 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 274 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 33rd).

Utah Solar

Utah's solar industry is growing, supported by investments from companies like IKEA, which installed on of Utah's largest commercial solar systems.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 9th (19th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 313,945.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 6.27%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 106 (15 Manufacturers, 51 Installers/Developers, 40 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $2352.85 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 977 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 16th).

Minnesota Solar

Minnesota's 160 solar companies work hard to ensure that the state ranks in the top quarter of U.S. states for their efforts to expand solar.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 14th (6th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 123,731.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.55%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 129 (19 Manufacturers, 51 Installers/Developers, 59 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1225.84 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,253 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 15th).

Vermont Solar

There are more than 80 solar companies in Vermont, half of which work hard to contract and install solar in the state.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 27th (32nd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 41,472.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 11.14%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 53 (7 Manufacturers, 26 Installers/Developers, 20 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $494.78 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 215 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 38th).

Washington DC Solar

Washington DC has 169 solar companies throughout the supply chain, the majority of which support the national solar community.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 40th (40th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 6,525.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 45.75%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 179 (4 Manufacturers, 28 Installers/Developers, 138 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $136.49 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 131 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 40th).

Wisconsin Solar

Wisconsin is home to 191 solar companies that make up the entire supply chain needed to steer solar towards the top.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 40th (33rd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 8,466.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.06%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 134 (18 Manufacturers, 67 Installers/Developers, 49 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $130.03 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 747 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 23rd).

Florida Solar

The Sunshine State has lagged behind many other states in the nation on certain solar policies, but thanks to recent developments, finally cracked the top 10 in cumulative installed solar capacity.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 8th (3rd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 227,340.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.65%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 445 (38 Manufacturers, 245 Installers/Developers, 162 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2616.48 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 5,162 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 2nd).

Georgia Solar

There are more than 225 solar companies at work in Georgia. Georgia has very strong solar potential. 

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 10th (22nd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 174,013.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.75%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 200 (27 Manufacturers, 87 Installers/Developers, 86 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2062.11 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,747 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 8th).

Illinois Solar

Illinois is a growing solar market that has benefited a strong renewable portfolio standard that requires they generate 25% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 34th (43rd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 14,379.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.07%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 252 (39 Manufacturers, 89 Installers/Developers, 124 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $239.60 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,856 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 11th).

Missouri Solar

There are currently more than 137 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Missouri.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 29th (39th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 18,118.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.33%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 137 (22 Manufacturers, 54 Installers/Developers, 58 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $477.97 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 214 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 29th).

New Mexico Solar

New Mexico is home to 106 solar companies that have worked hard to increase the efficiency of solar in the state.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 16th (26th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 188,449.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 4.34%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 64 (5 Manufacturers, 35 Installers/Developers, 24 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1602.90 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 766 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 22nd).

Oregon Solar

There are currently more than 160 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Oregon.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 20th (14th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 61,180.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.80%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 101 (17 Manufacturers, 51 Installers/Developers, 33 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $850.56 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,369 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 14th).

North Carolina Solar

North Carolina’s solar industry grew quickly thanks in part to the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) and strong state policy and regulatory support.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 2nd (2nd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 513,145.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 4.64%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 211 (22 Manufacturers, 100 Installers/Developers, 89 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $6543.69 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 4,230 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 4th).

Tennessee Solar

There are currently more than 159 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Tennessee.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 25th (25th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 23,043.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.31%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 85 (12 Manufacturers, 41 Installers/Developers, 32 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $523.49 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 402 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 27th).

Delaware Solar

Despite its small size, Delaware continues to increase its solar capacity at a rapid pace. It is not one of the sunnier states, but strong solar policies are driving the industry. The state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) has set a target of achieving 25% of its power from renewables by 2026, with 3.5% required to come from solar. In addition, the state’s net metering law allows third-party solar financing and shared solar, supporting the distributed solar market.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 32nd (38th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 14,080.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.54%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 38 (5 Manufacturers, 24 Installers/Developers, 9 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $348.45 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 242 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 37th).

Connecticut Solar

Connecticut is one of the fastest growing of the smaller states in the solar industry. This success comes after the state launched the Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program to offer property assessed clean energy financing and program services to municipalities and commercial property owners throughout Connecticut. This unique program will serve as a model for other states to follow.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 19th (21st in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 69,632.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.24%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 140 (20 Manufacturers, 51 Installers/Developers, 69 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1237.12 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 627 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 24th).

Arizona Solar

Arizona is one of the sunniest states and has huge potential for its solar market. While Arizona solar industry has historically had tremendous growth, due to public debates about the benefits of solar, imposition of a net metering charge and elimination of the incentives, the market started slowing in 2014. SEIA is working with local stakeholders and policy makers to encourage stability and transparency into policies, so that the market can recover from this market disturbance and continue to grow.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 3rd (7th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 536,286.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 6.09%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 302 (34 Manufacturers, 158 Installers/Developers, 110 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $8180.00 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,889 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 7th).

Pennsylvania Solar

Pennsylvania is home to more than 530 solar businesses, making it one of the largest solar employers in the nation.  Solar firms in this state offer a wide variety of solar goods and services, including solar cell and module manufacturing, as well as residential and commercial solar installations.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 22nd (27th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 45,532.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.20%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 419 (65 Manufacturers, 242 Installers/Developers, 112 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $1473.90 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 567 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 26th).

Colorado Solar

Colorado, with over 300 sunny days per year, has tremendous solar potential and was one of the first states in the U.S. to have a Renewable Energy Standard. 

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 12th (20th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 209,736.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.77%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 327 (28 Manufacturers, 157 Installers/Developers, 142 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2503.14 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,832 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 12th).

Nevada Solar

With numerous utility-scale, residential and commercial solar projects, Nevada is one of the top ten states for installed solar power.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 4th (9th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 433,263.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 11.52%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 82 (10 Manufacturers, 35 Installers/Developers, 37 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $4122.52 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,060 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 6th).

Ohio Solar

Ohio, which has a burgeoning non-residential solar market, has seen increased competition in the face of the state’s rising renewable portfolio standard goals and a 50% in-state procurement requirement. There are 268 companies in Ohio providing jobs in the solar industry. 105 of these companies are manufacturers that manufacture goods across the supply chain- from the polysilicon that many photovoltaic panels are comprised of to the racking systems used to install solar panels.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 28th (29th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 21,014.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.22%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 166 (41 Manufacturers, 59 Installers/Developers, 66 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State:  $531.82 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 948 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 18th).

Massachusetts Solar

The Massachusetts solar market is shaped by net metering and a renewable portfolio standard with a solar goal, along with an accompanying SREC market.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 7th (5th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 368,844.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 8.56%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 396 (42 Manufacturers, 144 Installers/Developers, 210 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $5544.31 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,726 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 13th).

Hawaii Solar

With fantastic solar insolation and high electricity prices due to a dependence on imported energy, Hawaii is an ideal solar market. However, interconnection continues to be an issue as Hawaiian utilities have imposed restrictions to avoid solar generators exceeding 15% of load on their systems.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 15th (17th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 218,977.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 11.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 94 (3 Manufacturers, 65 Installers/Developers, 26 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2609.36 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% in the last year.
  • Growth Projection: 922 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 19th).

New Jersey Solar

New Jersey has been an early leader in solar and perennial top ten solar state. The New Jersey Solar market continues to be strong and is driven by net metering, a solar RPS and an accompanying SREC market.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 6th (11th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 394,335.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.87%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 417 (50 Manufacturers, 259 Installers/Developers, 108 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $7784.84 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,920 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 10th).

Maryland Solar

Maryland has aggressively pursued alternative energy projects with a goal of generating 1,250 megawatts of electricity through renewable fuels.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 13th (13th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 105,845.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.92%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 184 (8 Manufacturers, 91 Installers/Developers, 85 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2615.74 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 975 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 17th).

New York Solar

New York has a considerable amount of solar potential and has policies in place to promote solar investment, including a feed-in tariff, a customer-sited tiered program and net metering.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 11th (12th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 243,124.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.14%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 619 (54 Manufacturers, 206 Installers/Developers, 359 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $3810.17 Million .
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,265 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 5th).

State Solar Policy

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California Solar

California continues to be a leading solar market in the United States. A plethora of sunny days combined with supportive solar policies have created an ideal solar market. Each market segment—utility-scale, residential and commercial—can boast a number of beneficial programs and incentives.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 1st (1st in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 5,976,728.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 16.68%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 2063 (293 Manufacturers, 934 Installers/Developers, 836 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $44124.40 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 14,037 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 1st).

State Solar Policy

In states across the country, SEIA advocates for pro-solar policies, including fair compensation, solar-friendly rate design, and much more. Click here to explore the issues and policies that SEIA represents.

SEIA's Work in the States

SEIA's state affairs team is actively engaged on several fronts to ensure pro-solar policies are implemented and protected at the state level. We work closely with official state affiliates and other local partners to achieve maximum impact. To see some of the topic areas and policy positions that inform SEIA's state efforts, browse our Initiatives & Advocacy

Upcoming Events

SEIA Federal & State Policy Summit
Wednesday, Oct 18 2017

SEIA Federal & State Policy Summit

The premier forum for examining federal and state policy issues and how they inform market opportunities and challenges in the solar industry.