Over the last 5 years, the solar power industry has grown 4.4 times in the United States. Each state has their own incentives tied to having solar panels installed on your home or business. Some states provide more benefits in terms of cost, which play a key part in their ranking on the list of which states use the most solar power. These are the top states that utilized solar power in 2017 based on data made public by the Solar Energy Industries Association.
It's no surprise that these sunny states are at the top of the leader board when it comes to the use of solar power. Due to excellent rebate programs and plenty of sunshine, these states have harnessed the power of the sun and rank 1st, 3rd, and 4th, respectively.
California. The solar industry got its start in California, which now boasts the number one spot on the list of states that use the most solar power. In total, the state has 19,000 megawatts of installed solar solutions. California's progressive culture has fully embraced the trend of utilizing solar energy in homes and businesses across the state, which is only made better by the strong incentives tied with using solar-friendly utilities.
Arizona. During the first half of 2017, Arizona more than doubled its solar usage, putting it in the rankings of the top 5 states. The solar tax credit that cuts the costs of going solar in half is a major incentive for locals, and it doesn't hurt that local and federal taxes can help offset the costs. Arizona has one of the country's lowest PV installation costs, so we can expect to continue to see more use of solar power in the next few years.
Nevada. With a lengthy list of incentives, Nevada has been able to slowly but surely claim a spot on the top 5 list of states that have installed solar solutions and introduced solar jobs into the economy. Like California and Arizona, sunlight is plentiful in Nevada (certainly well above the national average), making solar easy to implement in homes and businesses across the state. Additionally, Nevada has an excellent rebate program in place that provides residents with some of the best solar economics in the nation.
There is no shortage of solar power usage on the east coast. East Coast states have done their part in boosting the economy and creating opportunities for jobs in solar, backed only by the high demand of this renewable energy source.
North Carolina. In addition to ranking in the nation's top 5 solar states, North Carolina is one of the fastest growing states in the solar market. Ranked 4th last year and 2nd this year for use of solar, North Carolina is on the top 10 list of states for solar jobs as well. The state makes solar an option for many through their financing options, which include a loan program with excellent interest rates.
New Jersey. Another veteran in the solar market, New Jersey went from 10th to 5th place in the installed PV capacity category while entering the top 10 list for states offering solar jobs. Jersey's strong net metering policies, SRECs (solar renewable energy certificates) make it easy for homeowners to reap monetary benefits on their solar investments. Learn more about the benefits of having solar installed in New Jersey here.
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