As a country, the United States is steadily growing its solar power generation capabilities. But some areas have embraced solar technology’s potential more than others. A recent report by Environment America listed many of the top U.S. cities for solar photovoltaic power deployment, which looked at statistics like the total amount of solar installed and the amount of solar energy generated per person. To help add context to the numbers, the report identifies cities as “Solar Leaders,” “Solar Stars” and “Solar Builders.”
Not surprisingly, several of those cities are in California, which has already shown to be a national leader in solar deployment. And for anyone who’s been to sunny southern California, it also shouldn’t be a surprise that Los Angeles is the U.S. city with the most total solar PV capacity with 170 megawatts. Just down the road, San Diego comes in second with a total of 149 MW installed solar PV, while San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento, respectively, are also among the top 20 cities with installed solar power.
However, while L.A. is the national leader in total installed solar power, it’s Honolulu, Hawaii that leads the nation in per-capita solar installation, making it one of the report’s “Solar Stars.” But the second leading city in per-capita solar PV installation, Indianapolis, Ind., may surprise some who don’t associate the midwestern city for its sunshine. One state lagging in solar power, ironically, is the Sunshine State of Florida. Only Jacksonville made the report’s top 20 cities for total solar installation.
The report revealed other surprising details about where solar is growing in the United States. Though Burlington, Vt. has only two MW of installed solar PV, its small population makes it the third highest U.S. city for solar deployment per-capita. And while big name cities like New York and Chicago have considerable solar power installation, their large populations relegated them to the classification of “Solar Beginners” in the report. Other noteworthy cities in the report include Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, San Antonio, Texas and Wilmington, Del.
Regardless of the location, solar project installation and finance can be complicated. It takes experienced guidance to navigate not only the markets, but also the different regulatory hurdles that each area can present. Vasari Energy can help developers and property owners navigate the complicated renewable energy environment in all parts of the U.S. If you have questions about solar power project finance, the professionals at Vasari Energy can provide expert guidance on a range of project finance and management issues on solar power projects for businesses and industries of all types and sizes.