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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 2018.

64.2 GW
Total solar capacity installed nationwide.
242,000
Americans working in solar.
1,993,000
Solar energy systems installed nationwide.
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California Solar MW Installed 24,463.96 Number Of Installations 937,288 Solar Jobs 76,838
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 282.67 Number Of Installations 210 Solar Jobs 614
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Alaska Solar MW Installed 3.52 Number Of Installations 661 Solar Jobs 66
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Arizona Solar MW Installed 3,738.58 Number Of Installations 133,352 Solar Jobs 7,524
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 139.74 Number Of Installations 839 Solar Jobs 369
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 1,184.41 Number Of Installations 53,075 Solar Jobs 6,847
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 553.67 Number Of Installations 33,984 Solar Jobs 2,193
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 130.16 Number Of Installations 6,331 Solar Jobs 468
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Florida Solar MW Installed 2,289.58 Number Of Installations 33,313 Solar Jobs 10,358
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,570.83 Number Of Installations 1,640 Solar Jobs 3,696
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 938.87 Number Of Installations 81,363 Solar Jobs 2,120
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 478.26 Number Of Installations 3,436 Solar Jobs 557
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 108.47 Number Of Installations 3,670 Solar Jobs 4,879
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 331.19 Number Of Installations 2,217 Solar Jobs 3,114
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 96.00 Number Of Installations 3,735 Solar Jobs 844
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 28.77 Number Of Installations 1,174 Solar Jobs 896
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Kentucky Solar MW Installed 42.67 Number Of Installations 584 Solar Jobs 1,410
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Louisiana Solar MW Installed 96.26 Number Of Installations 14,280 Solar Jobs 2,950
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Maine Solar MW Installed 55.30 Number Of Installations 4,415 Solar Jobs 635
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Maryland Solar MW Installed 1,041.94 Number Of Installations 61,990 Solar Jobs 4,515
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 2,465.48 Number Of Installations 89,733 Solar Jobs 10,210
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 152.25 Number Of Installations 4,671 Solar Jobs 4,196
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 1,093.76 Number Of Installations 5,216 Solar Jobs 4,602
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 234.70 Number Of Installations 248 Solar Jobs 770
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 202.32 Number Of Installations 9,855 Solar Jobs 2,819
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Montana Solar MW Installed 56.14 Number Of Installations 1,310 Solar Jobs 274
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Nebraska Solar MW Installed 42.64 Number Of Installations 460 Solar Jobs 1,328
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Nevada Solar MW Installed 3,145.42 Number Of Installations 35,954 Solar Jobs 6,680
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 84.93 Number Of Installations 6,924 Solar Jobs 890
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,732.87 Number Of Installations 99,670 Solar Jobs 6,410
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 791.97 Number Of Installations 18,515 Solar Jobs 2,168
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,628.04 Number Of Installations 111,068 Solar Jobs 9,729
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 5,260.58 Number Of Installations 10,287 Solar Jobs 6,719
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.47 Number Of Installations 37 Solar Jobs 233
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 201.82 Number Of Installations 3,345 Solar Jobs 7,162
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 34.95 Number Of Installations 539 Solar Jobs 838
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 599.64 Number Of Installations 17,756 Solar Jobs 3,654
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 420.19 Number Of Installations 24,543 Solar Jobs 4,219
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 118.24 Number Of Installations 3,886 Solar Jobs 1,007
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 662.37 Number Of Installations 17,026 Solar Jobs 2,983
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 1.55 Number Of Installations 51 Solar Jobs 444
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 352.92 Number Of Installations 2,284 Solar Jobs 4,690
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Texas Solar MW Installed 2,924.77 Number Of Installations 48,260 Solar Jobs 9,612
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,650.74 Number Of Installations 33,017 Solar Jobs 6,045
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 288.17 Number Of Installations 7,751 Solar Jobs 1,229
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 730.72 Number Of Installations 5,924 Solar Jobs 3,890
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Washington DC Solar MW Installed 67.87 Number Of Installations 4,206 Solar Jobs 1,092
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 7.74 Number Of Installations 837 Solar Jobs 341
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 66.52 Number Of Installations 4,509 Solar Jobs 3,007
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 115.78 Number Of Installations 408 Solar Jobs 190
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State Solar Policy MW Installed Number Of Installations Solar Jobs
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California Solar MW Installed 24,463.96 Number Of Installations 937,288 Solar Jobs 76,838
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 282.67 Number Of Installations 210 Solar Jobs 614
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Alaska Solar MW Installed 3.52 Number Of Installations 661 Solar Jobs 66
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Arizona Solar MW Installed 3,738.58 Number Of Installations 133,352 Solar Jobs 7,524
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 139.74 Number Of Installations 839 Solar Jobs 369
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 1,184.41 Number Of Installations 53,075 Solar Jobs 6,847
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 553.67 Number Of Installations 33,984 Solar Jobs 2,193
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 130.16 Number Of Installations 6,331 Solar Jobs 468
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Florida Solar MW Installed 2,289.58 Number Of Installations 33,313 Solar Jobs 10,358
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,570.83 Number Of Installations 1,640 Solar Jobs 3,696
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 938.87 Number Of Installations 81,363 Solar Jobs 2,120
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 478.26 Number Of Installations 3,436 Solar Jobs 557
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 108.47 Number Of Installations 3,670 Solar Jobs 4,879
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 331.19 Number Of Installations 2,217 Solar Jobs 3,114
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 96.00 Number Of Installations 3,735 Solar Jobs 844
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 28.77 Number Of Installations 1,174 Solar Jobs 896
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Kentucky Solar MW Installed 42.67 Number Of Installations 584 Solar Jobs 1,410
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Louisiana Solar MW Installed 96.26 Number Of Installations 14,280 Solar Jobs 2,950
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Maine Solar MW Installed 55.30 Number Of Installations 4,415 Solar Jobs 635
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Maryland Solar MW Installed 1,041.94 Number Of Installations 61,990 Solar Jobs 4,515
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 2,465.48 Number Of Installations 89,733 Solar Jobs 10,210
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 152.25 Number Of Installations 4,671 Solar Jobs 4,196
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 1,093.76 Number Of Installations 5,216 Solar Jobs 4,602
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 234.70 Number Of Installations 248 Solar Jobs 770
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 202.32 Number Of Installations 9,855 Solar Jobs 2,819
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Montana Solar MW Installed 56.14 Number Of Installations 1,310 Solar Jobs 274
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Nebraska Solar MW Installed 42.64 Number Of Installations 460 Solar Jobs 1,328
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Nevada Solar MW Installed 3,145.42 Number Of Installations 35,954 Solar Jobs 6,680
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 84.93 Number Of Installations 6,924 Solar Jobs 890
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,732.87 Number Of Installations 99,670 Solar Jobs 6,410
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 791.97 Number Of Installations 18,515 Solar Jobs 2,168
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,628.04 Number Of Installations 111,068 Solar Jobs 9,729
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 5,260.58 Number Of Installations 10,287 Solar Jobs 6,719
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.47 Number Of Installations 37 Solar Jobs 233
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 201.82 Number Of Installations 3,345 Solar Jobs 7,162
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 34.95 Number Of Installations 539 Solar Jobs 838
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 599.64 Number Of Installations 17,756 Solar Jobs 3,654
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 420.19 Number Of Installations 24,543 Solar Jobs 4,219
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 118.24 Number Of Installations 3,886 Solar Jobs 1,007
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 662.37 Number Of Installations 17,026 Solar Jobs 2,983
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 1.55 Number Of Installations 51 Solar Jobs 444
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 352.92 Number Of Installations 2,284 Solar Jobs 4,690
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Texas Solar MW Installed 2,924.77 Number Of Installations 48,260 Solar Jobs 9,612
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,650.74 Number Of Installations 33,017 Solar Jobs 6,045
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 288.17 Number Of Installations 7,751 Solar Jobs 1,229
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 730.72 Number Of Installations 5,924 Solar Jobs 3,890
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Washington DC Solar MW Installed 67.87 Number Of Installations 4,206 Solar Jobs 1,092
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 7.74 Number Of Installations 837 Solar Jobs 341
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 66.52 Number Of Installations 4,509 Solar Jobs 3,007
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 115.78 Number Of Installations 408 Solar Jobs 190
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Texas Solar

Texas is poised to become a nationwide leader in solar energy, with more than 4 GW of capacity expected to be installed over the next 5 years, with appropriate state policy that removes market barriers and recognizes solar's benefits.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 5th (2nd in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 349,044 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.85%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 647 (108 Manufacturers, 277 Installers/Developers, 262 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $4,563.73 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 7,081 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 2nd) .

Kentucky Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 44th (45th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 4,523 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.10%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 56 (14 Manufacturers, 25 Installers/Developers, 17 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $74.54 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 193 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 40th) .

Maine Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 43rd (40th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 9,796 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.56%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 70 (6 Manufacturers, 36 Installers/Developers, 28 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $158.01 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: 47th (42nd in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 4,103 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.08%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 49 (9 Manufacturers, 24 Installers/Developers, 16 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $67.29 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: 39th (34th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 10,138 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.14%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 64 (11 Manufacturers, 41 Installers/Developers, 12 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $193.89 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 269 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 35th) .

Idaho Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 21st (22nd in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 63,116 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.31%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 49 (7 Manufacturers, 26 Installers/Developers, 16 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $618.21 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 174 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 41st) .

Arkansas Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 32nd (18th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 16,861 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.34%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 34 (7 Manufacturers, 18 Installers/Developers, 9 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $181.26 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 642 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 27th) .

Alaska Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 50th (48th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 397 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.04%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 14 (0 Manufacturers, 8 Installers/Developers, 6 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $10.65 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.

Alabama Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 26th (29th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 31,097 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.26%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 48 (13 Manufacturers, 17 Installers/Developers, 18 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $338.40 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 474 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: 31st (30th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 25,196 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.21%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 237 (76 Manufacturers, 102 Installers/Developers, 59 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $279.82 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 857 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 21st) .

Mississippi Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 27th (43rd in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 26,432 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.54%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 20 (5 Manufacturers, 9 Installers/Developers, 6 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $273.54 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 427 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 31st) .

Wyoming Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 35th (19th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 18,781 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 16 (0 Manufacturers, 11 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $124.87 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 78 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 44th) .

West Virginia Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 48th (49th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 729 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 19 (5 Manufacturers, 10 Installers/Developers, 4 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $28.13 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: 51st (51st in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 186 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 19 (4 Manufacturers, 7 Installers/Developers, 8 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $3.04 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.

South Carolina Solar

In the next five years, South Carolina will join several other states with at least 1 GW of installed solar capacity.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 18th (12th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 77,244 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.86%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 80 (13 Manufacturers, 44 Installers/Developers, 23 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,092.48 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 805 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 25th) .

Oklahoma Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 46th (46th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 4,525 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.08%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 34 (4 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 14 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $49.11 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 110 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: 52nd (50th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 46 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.00%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 11 (3 Manufacturers, 3 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1.96 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 (44th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 5,590 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 34 (4 Manufacturers, 19 Installers/Developers, 11 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $62.46 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: 42nd (47th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 7,760 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.29%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 42 (7 Manufacturers, 28 Installers/Developers, 7 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $82.58 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 70 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 45th) .

Rhode Island Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 34th (25th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 21,439 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.73%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 34 (8 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 10 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $224.68 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 299 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: 37th (41st in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 9,097 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.13%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 73 (7 Manufacturers, 47 Installers/Developers, 19 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $325.13 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 338 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 33rd) .

Indiana Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 24th (28th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 39,486 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.43%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 102 (27 Manufacturers, 44 Installers/Developers, 31 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $548.16 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 901 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 20th) .

Virginia Solar

With significant utility-scale development on the horizon, Virginia's solar capacity is expected to grow by more than 270% over the next five years.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 17th (20th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 82,314 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 253 (30 Manufacturers, 111 Installers/Developers, 112 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $956.19 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,666 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 8th) .

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: 38th (39th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 13,480 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.61%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 87 (25 Manufacturers, 35 Installers/Developers, 27 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $236.21 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 264 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 36th) .

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 (27th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 319,641 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 6.40%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 142 (21 Manufacturers, 69 Installers/Developers, 52 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,630.01 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,079 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 15th) .

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: 13th (8th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 152,340 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.19%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 183 (33 Manufacturers, 69 Installers/Developers, 81 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,652.44 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 837 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 23rd) .

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: 25th (23rd in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 54,231 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 10.98%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 83 (12 Manufacturers, 41 Installers/Developers, 30 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $590.93 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 244 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 (36th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 9,045 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 47.29%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 196 (8 Manufacturers, 30 Installers/Developers, 158 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $177.77 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 164 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 42nd) .

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: 41st (38th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 10,331 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.07%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 203 (42 Manufacturers, 102 Installers/Developers, 59 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $193.30 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 734 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 26th) .

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 (4th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 275,814 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.18%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 578 (76 Manufacturers, 299 Installers/Developers, 203 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $3,941.12 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 5,946 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 3rd) .

Georgia Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 11th (35th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 188,015 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.72%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 259 (51 Manufacturers, 110 Installers/Developers, 98 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,209.82 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,297 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 10th) .

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. The amount of solar capacity installed in Illinois is expected to grow by more than 1,700% over the next five years. 

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 36th (33rd in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 16,727 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.08%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 366 (71 Manufacturers, 127 Installers/Developers, 168 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $312.20 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,636 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 12th) .

Missouri Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 28th (32nd in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 23,028 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.41%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 150 (20 Manufacturers, 63 Installers/Developers, 67 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $548.97 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 257 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 37th) .

New Mexico Solar

New Mexico is on the cusp of reaching 1 GW of total solar capacity, and there are more than 100 solar companies at work across the state to advance the industry.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 16th (21st in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 203,374 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 4.72%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 107 (15 Manufacturers, 62 Installers/Developers, 30 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,751.97 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 950 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 18th) .

Oregon Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 19th (14th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 72,189 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.23%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 161 (32 Manufacturers, 80 Installers/Developers, 49 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,135.43 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 992 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 17th) .

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. Now a leader in utility-scale solar, the future is bright for solar in the Tar Heel state for many years to come.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 2nd (3rd in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 635,152 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 5.37%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 287 (45 Manufacturers, 129 Installers/Developers, 113 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $7,748.88 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,939 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 4th) .

Tennessee Solar

There are currently more than 164 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Tennessee, powering a growing solar market that will install more than 500 MW of capacity over the next five years.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 23rd (17th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 37,164 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.32%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 163 (42 Manufacturers, 74 Installers/Developers, 47 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $657.19 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 622 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 28th) .

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: 33rd (37th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 15,745 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.54%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 53 (9 Manufacturers, 32 Installers/Developers, 12 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $407.31 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 241 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 39th) .

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: 20th (15th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 80,100 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.47%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 196 (42 Manufacturers, 74 Installers/Developers, 80 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,576.09 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 585 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 29th) .

Arizona Solar

Arizona is one of the sunniest states and has huge potential for its solar market. SEIA is working with local stakeholders and policy makers to encourage stability and transparency into policies, so that the market can continue to grow.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 3rd (9th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 552,544 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 6.52%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 452 (78 Manufacturers, 231 Installers/Developers, 143 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $11,218.02 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,829 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 (26th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 51,684 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.24%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 559 (120 Manufacturers, 309 Installers/Developers, 130 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,650.70 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 810 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 24th) .

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 (11th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 241,244 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.96%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 463 (49 Manufacturers, 231 Installers/Developers, 183 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $3,175.21 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,380 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 9th) .

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 (5th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 555,373 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 12.72%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 137 (14 Manufacturers, 76 Installers/Developers, 47 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $6,395.40 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,108 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 5th) .

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: 29th (31st in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 24,679 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.24%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 289 (112 Manufacturers, 89 Installers/Developers, 88 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $593.77 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 939 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 19th) .

Massachusetts Solar

The Massachusetts market is shaped by net metering and a renewable portfolio standard with a solar goal, along with an accompanying SREC market. The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program was approved in 2018 and has the potential to drive significant solar deployment in the state, and act as a template for other states to follow.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 7th (10th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 416,697 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 10.69%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 544 (85 Manufacturers, 211 Installers/Developers, 248 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $6,382.79 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,603 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 (16th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 243,183 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 11.24%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 134 (4 Manufacturers, 96 Installers/Developers, 34 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,996.25 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,107 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 14th) .

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 see strong growth and is driven by net metering, a solar RPS and an accompanying SREC market.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 6th (7th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 450,548 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 4.17%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 591 (86 Manufacturers, 372 Installers/Developers, 133 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $9,147.81 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,007 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 11th) .

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: 14th (13th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 120,880 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.90%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 240 (16 Manufacturers, 126 Installers/Developers, 98 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,994.34 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,018 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 16th) .

New York Solar

New York has a considerable amount of solar potential and has consistently been in the top 10 US solar markets. The state has policies in place to promote solar investment, including a feed-in tariff through Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and net metering.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 10th (6th in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 280,919 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.40%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 858 (98 Manufacturers, 302 Installers/Developers, 458 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $4,686.41 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,061 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 6th) .

State Solar Policy

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California Solar

California continues to be the leading solar market in the United States. Supportive policies for both distributed and utility-scale solar have created an ideal market, and the Golden State continues to lead on clean energy and combating climate change.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 1st (1st in 2018) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 6,368,607 homes .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 19.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 2,807 (486 Manufacturers, 1,332 Installers/Developers, 989 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $60,073.28 million.
  • Prices have fallen 47% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 14,683 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

Recent State News

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019

Broad Coalition of 65 Businesses Urge Senate to Pass S.C. Energy Bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. and WASHINGTON, D.C. – A large coalition of 65 businesses of all sizes are urging the South Carolina Senate to pass the Energy Freedom Act, which was unanimously approved in the state House last month.

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Thursday, Feb 21, 2019

S.C. House Passes Pro-Jobs, Pro-Consumer Energy Bill; Solar Industry Urges Senate to Follow

COLUMBIA, S.C. and WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the solar industry commended the South Carolina House of Representatives for unanimously passing a landmark energy bill, The Energy Freedom Act, on a bipartisan vote, and urged the Senate to quickly follow suit.

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