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47.1 GW
Of total solar capacity installed nationwide.
260,000
Americans working in solar.
1,508,000
Solar energy systems installed nationwide.
California Solar MW Installed 19,664.7 Number Of Installations 728,848 Solar Jobs 100,050
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 119.16 Number Of Installations 168 Solar Jobs 530
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Alaska Solar MW Installed 1.81 Number Of Installations 347 Solar Jobs 64
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Arizona Solar MW Installed 3,254.23 Number Of Installations 102,909 Solar Jobs 7,310
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 19.65 Number Of Installations 482 Solar Jobs 271
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 956.83 Number Of Installations 40,705 Solar Jobs 6,004
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 366.18 Number Of Installations 25,201 Solar Jobs 2,174
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 106.03 Number Of Installations 4,895 Solar Jobs 363
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Florida Solar MW Installed 779.96 Number Of Installations 17,727 Solar Jobs 8,260
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,500.07 Number Of Installations 1,558 Solar Jobs 3,924
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 782.48 Number Of Installations 75,139 Solar Jobs 3,194
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 387.03 Number Of Installations 1,876 Solar Jobs 611
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 78.14 Number Of Installations 2,179 Solar Jobs 3,718
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 256.12 Number Of Installations 916 Solar Jobs 2,700
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 47.3 Number Of Installations 2,389 Solar Jobs 563
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 10.95 Number Of Installations 747 Solar Jobs 467
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Kentucky Solar MW Installed 22.54 Number Of Installations 564 Solar Jobs 1,202
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Louisiana Solar MW Installed 79.31 Number Of Installations 15,967 Solar Jobs 2,922
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Maine Solar MW Installed 31.27 Number Of Installations 3,162 Solar Jobs 572
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Maryland Solar MW Installed 755.5 Number Of Installations 49,695 Solar Jobs 5,429
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 1,742.76 Number Of Installations 70,276 Solar Jobs 14,582
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 102.67 Number Of Installations 2,384 Solar Jobs 4,118
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 551.8 Number Of Installations 2,644 Solar Jobs 2,872
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 92.85 Number Of Installations 551 Solar Jobs 883
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 152.9 Number Of Installations 8,122 Solar Jobs 2,380
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Montana Solar MW Installed 26.44 Number Of Installations 2,706 Solar Jobs 168
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Nebraska Solar MW Installed 7.97 Number Of Installations 232 Solar Jobs 1,585
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Nevada Solar MW Installed 2,349.9 Number Of Installations 25,516 Solar Jobs 8,371
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 60.62 Number Of Installations 5,396 Solar Jobs 1,184
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,164.15 Number Of Installations 73,279 Solar Jobs 6,056
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 685.49 Number Of Installations 11,233 Solar Jobs 2,929
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,066.04 Number Of Installations 84,750 Solar Jobs 8,135
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 3,539.51 Number Of Installations 6,493 Solar Jobs 7,112
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed .3 Number Of Installations 30 Solar Jobs 175
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 154.37 Number Of Installations 2,125 Solar Jobs 5,831
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 9.65 Number Of Installations 547 Solar Jobs 814
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 276.21 Number Of Installations 14,244 Solar Jobs 4,509
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 321.14 Number Of Installations 17,138 Solar Jobs 3,061
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 21.43 Number Of Installations 806 Solar Jobs 1,176
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 190.92 Number Of Installations 8,341 Solar Jobs 2,772
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 1.82 Number Of Installations 41 Solar Jobs 478
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 189.13 Number Of Installations 2,021 Solar Jobs 3,548
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Texas Solar MW Installed 1,620.19 Number Of Installations 29,238 Solar Jobs 9,396
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,551.07 Number Of Installations 22,668 Solar Jobs 4,408
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 198.58 Number Of Installations 6,587 Solar Jobs 1,767
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 261.25 Number Of Installations 3,010 Solar Jobs 3,236
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 5.79 Number Of Installations 653 Solar Jobs 381
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 40.43 Number Of Installations 3,126 Solar Jobs 2,813
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 3.38 Number Of Installations 369 Solar Jobs 152
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California Solar MW Installed 19,664.7 Number Of Installations 728,848 Solar Jobs 100,050
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 119.16 Number Of Installations 168 Solar Jobs 530
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Alaska Solar MW Installed 1.81 Number Of Installations 347 Solar Jobs 64
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Arizona Solar MW Installed 3,254.23 Number Of Installations 102,909 Solar Jobs 7,310
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 19.65 Number Of Installations 482 Solar Jobs 271
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 956.83 Number Of Installations 40,705 Solar Jobs 6,004
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 366.18 Number Of Installations 25,201 Solar Jobs 2,174
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 106.03 Number Of Installations 4,895 Solar Jobs 363
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Florida Solar MW Installed 779.96 Number Of Installations 17,727 Solar Jobs 8,260
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,500.07 Number Of Installations 1,558 Solar Jobs 3,924
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 782.48 Number Of Installations 75,139 Solar Jobs 3,194
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 387.03 Number Of Installations 1,876 Solar Jobs 611
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 78.14 Number Of Installations 2,179 Solar Jobs 3,718
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 256.12 Number Of Installations 916 Solar Jobs 2,700
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 47.3 Number Of Installations 2,389 Solar Jobs 563
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 10.95 Number Of Installations 747 Solar Jobs 467
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Kentucky Solar MW Installed 22.54 Number Of Installations 564 Solar Jobs 1,202
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Louisiana Solar MW Installed 79.31 Number Of Installations 15,967 Solar Jobs 2,922
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Maine Solar MW Installed 31.27 Number Of Installations 3,162 Solar Jobs 572
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Maryland Solar MW Installed 755.5 Number Of Installations 49,695 Solar Jobs 5,429
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 1,742.76 Number Of Installations 70,276 Solar Jobs 14,582
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 102.67 Number Of Installations 2,384 Solar Jobs 4,118
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 551.8 Number Of Installations 2,644 Solar Jobs 2,872
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 92.85 Number Of Installations 551 Solar Jobs 883
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 152.9 Number Of Installations 8,122 Solar Jobs 2,380
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Montana Solar MW Installed 26.44 Number Of Installations 2,706 Solar Jobs 168
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Nebraska Solar MW Installed 7.97 Number Of Installations 232 Solar Jobs 1,585
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Nevada Solar MW Installed 2,349.9 Number Of Installations 25,516 Solar Jobs 8,371
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 60.62 Number Of Installations 5,396 Solar Jobs 1,184
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,164.15 Number Of Installations 73,279 Solar Jobs 6,056
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 685.49 Number Of Installations 11,233 Solar Jobs 2,929
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,066.04 Number Of Installations 84,750 Solar Jobs 8,135
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 3,539.51 Number Of Installations 6,493 Solar Jobs 7,112
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed .3 Number Of Installations 30 Solar Jobs 175
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 154.37 Number Of Installations 2,125 Solar Jobs 5,831
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 9.65 Number Of Installations 547 Solar Jobs 814
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 276.21 Number Of Installations 14,244 Solar Jobs 4,509
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 321.14 Number Of Installations 17,138 Solar Jobs 3,061
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 21.43 Number Of Installations 806 Solar Jobs 1,176
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 190.92 Number Of Installations 8,341 Solar Jobs 2,772
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 1.82 Number Of Installations 41 Solar Jobs 478
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 189.13 Number Of Installations 2,021 Solar Jobs 3,548
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Texas Solar MW Installed 1,620.19 Number Of Installations 29,238 Solar Jobs 9,396
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,551.07 Number Of Installations 22,668 Solar Jobs 4,408
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 198.58 Number Of Installations 6,587 Solar Jobs 1,767
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 261.25 Number Of Installations 3,010 Solar Jobs 3,236
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 5.79 Number Of Installations 653 Solar Jobs 381
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 40.43 Number Of Installations 3,126 Solar Jobs 2,813
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 3.38 Number Of Installations 369 Solar Jobs 152
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Texas Solar

As the Texas economy continues to grow, electricity consumption has correspondingly increased. Environmental regulations and various market pressures have forced a significant amount of generation to exit the market in recent years while older generation sources continue to be retired. Thus, new solar generation capacity is required to meet the Texas market's demand. With appropriate state policy that removes market barriers and recognizes solar's benefits, the Texas solar market should see significant growth in the coming years.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 7th (6th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 181,776.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.39%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 565 (100 Manufacturers, 227 Installers/Developers, 218 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,757.26 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 4,673 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 2nd).

Kentucky Solar

There are 49 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Kentucky

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 41st (43rd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 2,177.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.05%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 49 (15 Manufacturers, 21 Installers/Developers, 13 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $38.91 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

Maine Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 39th (37th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 5,674.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.29%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 64 (6 Manufacturers, 37 Installers/Developers, 20 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $93.26 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

Kansas Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 44th (41st in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 1,531.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 40 (7 Manufacturers, 19 Installers/Developers, 12 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $29.27 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

Iowa Solar

There are 57 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Iowa.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 36th (34th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 5,724.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.04%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 57 (10 Manufacturers, 36 Installers/Developers, 9 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $119.67 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 207 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 39th).

Idaho Solar

There are 49 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Idaho.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 17th (16th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 47,996.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.39%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 49 (7 Manufacturers, 23 Installers/Developers, 15 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $445.86 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 263 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 34th).

Arkansas Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 43rd (45th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 2,137.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 31 (7 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 6 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $33.3 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 238 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 38th).

Alaska Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 50th (49th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 213.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 14 (0 Manufacturers, 7 Installers/Developers, 6 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $5.03 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

Alabama Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 28th (22nd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 11,115.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 48 (14 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 18 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $139.25 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 971 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 20th).

Michigan Solar

There are 221 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Michigan, including 74 manufacturers.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 30th (31st in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 15,448.
  • Solar Companies in State: 221 (74 Manufacturers, 92 Installers/Developers, 51 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $167.4 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 457 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 29th).

Mississippi Solar

There are 21 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Mississippi

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 32nd (36th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 9,500.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.00%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 21 (6 Manufacturers, 10 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $99.72 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 721 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 23rd).

Wyoming Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 48th (46th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 527.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 15 (0 Manufacturers, 10 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $11.15 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

West Virginia Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 47th (44th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 528.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 19 (4 Manufacturers, 10 Installers/Developers, 4 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $20.86 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

South Dakota Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 49th (50th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 209.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.00%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 18 (4 Manufacturers, 5 Installers/Developers, 8 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2.87 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

South Carolina Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 24th (20th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 20,740.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 70 (13 Manufacturers, 39 Installers/Developers, 18 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $366.93 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,196 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 9th).

Oklahoma Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 45th (48th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 1,123.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 32 (4 Manufacturers, 14 Installers/Developers, 12 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $25.04 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

North Dakota Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 51st (51st in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 30.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.00%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 10 (3 Manufacturers, 2 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1.2 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

Nebraska Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 46th (47th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 997.
  • Solar Companies in State: 31 (4 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 8 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $16.39 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.

Montana Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 40th (42nd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 3,497.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.04%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 43 (7 Manufacturers, 28 Installers/Developers, 7 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $42.8 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 252 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 36th).

Rhode Island Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 42nd (40th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 3,770.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.06%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 32 (7 Manufacturers, 15 Installers/Developers, 8 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $44.76 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 119 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 40th).

Louisiana Solar

There are currently more than 68 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Louisiana.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 33rd (33rd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 6,908.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.20%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 68 (5 Manufacturers, 47 Installers/Developers, 16 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $274.88 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 462 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 28th).

Indiana Solar

There are 91 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Indiana.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 22nd (23rd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 29,871.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.33%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 91 (27 Manufacturers, 37 Installers/Developers, 25 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $406.91 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 564 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 26th).

Virginia Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 21st (17th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 26,425.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.19%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 221 (23 Manufacturers, 106 Installers/Developers, 89 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $363.79 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,746 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 12th).

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: 35th (27th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 9,252.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.39%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 86 (25 Manufacturers, 34 Installers/Developers, 26 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $166.69 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 257 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 35th).

Utah Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 8th (2nd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 304,542.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 4.75%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 109 (19 Manufacturers, 52 Installers/Developers, 37 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,205.13 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,129 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 18th).

Minnesota Solar

Minnesota's 158 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: 16th (14th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 72,831.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.45%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 158 (29 Manufacturers, 63 Installers/Developers, 62 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $756.99 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,167 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 17th).

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: 23rd (24th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 35,740.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 8.49%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 82 (11 Manufacturers, 40 Installers/Developers, 27 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $459.21 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 275 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 31st).

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: 37th (39th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 6,116.
  • Solar Companies in State: 191 (39 Manufacturers, 97 Installers/Developers, 52 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $144.4 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 250 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 37th).

Florida Solar

Florida, “the sunshine state,” ranks third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, but all the way down at 12th for cumulative solar capacity installed. Florida’s solar policies lag behind many other states in the nation: it has no renewable portfolio standard and does not allow power purchase agreements, two policies that have driven investments in solar in other states

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 13th (9th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 85,442.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.36%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 499 (69 Manufacturers, 268 Installers/Developers, 153 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,020.8 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,618 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 4th).

Georgia Solar

There are more than 237 solar companies at work in Georgia. Georgia has very strong solar potential. 

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 9th (3rd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 169,765.
  • Solar Companies in State: 237 (47 Manufacturers, 100 Installers/Developers, 80 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,006.72 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,335 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 (38th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 12,024.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.05%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 325 (66 Manufacturers, 112 Installers/Developers, 139 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $227.4 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,264 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 16th).

Missouri Solar

There are currently more than 126 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Missouri.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 27th (29th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 16,615.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.24%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 126 (18 Manufacturers, 54 Installers/Developers, 51 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $450.16 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 266 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 33rd).

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: 15th (15th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 170,438.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.29%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 106 (15 Manufacturers, 60 Installers/Developers, 27 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,532.54 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,270 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 15th).

Oregon Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 20th (18th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 34,886.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.47%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 160 (33 Manufacturers, 78 Installers/Developers, 46 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $712.55 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,552 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 (5th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 399,551.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.57%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 253 (41 Manufacturers, 112 Installers/Developers, 93 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $5,628.87 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,821 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 3rd).

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 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 17,784.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.19%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 159 (39 Manufacturers, 72 Installers/Developers, 46 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $471.44 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 517 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: 29th (30th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 12,091.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.99%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 54 (9 Manufacturers, 31 Installers/Developers, 11 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $336.59 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 274 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 32nd).

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: 18th (21st in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 50,012.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.57%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 183 (41 Manufacturers, 68 Installers/Developers, 70 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,160.71 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 924 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 22nd).

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 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 484,100.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 5.43%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 428 (73 Manufacturers, 220 Installers/Developers, 127 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $10,003.96 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,240 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 5th).

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: 19th (26th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 37,179.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.17%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 530 (114 Manufacturers, 303 Installers/Developers, 108 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,390.54 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 571 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 25th).

Colorado Solar

The Colorado solar market, with over 300 sunny days per year, has tremendous potential for solar expansion. Colorado was one of the first states in the US to have a Renewable Energy Standard. There are multiple solar programs in Colorado, including programs for rooftop solar, community solar and utility solar. SEIA is engaged in legislative and regulatory discussions to encourage renewable energy growth and deployment.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 11th (10th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 192,026.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.25%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 433 (45 Manufacturers, 219 Installers/Developers, 160 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,771.5 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 959 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 21st).

Nevada Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 4th (4th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 385,672.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 9.06%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 130 (15 Manufacturers, 73 Installers/Developers, 37 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $5,337.68 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,632 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 7th).

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: 26th (35th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 18,032.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.16%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 268 (105 Manufacturers, 83 Installers/Developers, 74 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $501.12 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 591 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 24th).

Massachusetts Solar

The Massachusetts market is driven by net metering and a renewable portfolio standard with a solar goal along with an accompanying SREC market. Net metering caps do not align with program goals, and the legislature has had to act several times to raise the net metering caps. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources is working on implementing a successor to the successful SREC program, and once again, net metering caps have been reached in certain utility territories.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 6th (8th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 286,361.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 6.12%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 495 (83 Manufacturers, 193 Installers/Developers, 214 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $4,898.71 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,011 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 11th).

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: 12th (19th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 196,994.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 8.18%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 127 (3 Manufacturers, 90 Installers/Developers, 33 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,703.61 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 996 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: 5th (11th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 336,188.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.83%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 562 (82 Manufacturers, 353 Installers/Developers, 121 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $8,095.01 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,019 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: 14th (13th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 80,465.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.75%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 213 (14 Manufacturers, 118 Installers/Developers, 79 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,326.03 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,608 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 13th).

New York Solar

New York has a considerable amount of solar potential. The state has several policies in place to promote solar investment, including a feed-in tariff through Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) customer-sited tiered program and net metering.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 10th (12th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 175,368.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.89%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 760 (92 Manufacturers, 275 Installers/Developers, 379 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $3,403.57 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,686 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 6th).

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 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 5,077,390.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 14.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 2639 (456 Manufacturers, 1264 Installers/Developers, 879 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $51,541.31 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 14,272 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