Thursday, March 24, 2016

Top 10 U.S. States by Solar Energy Production

A solar farm on Long Island, New York, click for photo credit.
The Solar Energy Industries Association ranked the top 10 U.S. states by solar energy production as per solar capacity installed as of this month. You can read about their ranking here.

What is interesting about the list is what is missing. Florida, the nation's sunshine state, is not on the list. Nor are other sunny states like New Mexico and Utah. Clearly, state and local policies matter with solar energy. What is unfortunate about Florida is that it is not a conventional energy producing state. Thus it imports all of its energy sources. The development of solar would go a long way toward making places like Florida energy independent.

Here are the top 10 U.S. states by solar energy production:

California

Arizona

North Carolina

New Jersey

Nevada

Massachusetts

New York

Hawaii

Colorado

Texas

Did your state make the list? What local or state rules are in place that helps or hinders the development of solar energy?

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