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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 Q3 2018.

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Total solar capacity installed nationwide.
250,000
Americans working in solar.
1,904,000
Solar energy systems installed nationwide.
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California Solar MW Installed 23,185.66 Number Of Installations 894,359 Solar Jobs 86,414
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 252.1 Number Of Installations 104 Solar Jobs 488
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Alaska Solar MW Installed 3.17 Number Of Installations 610 Solar Jobs 72
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Arizona Solar MW Installed 3,663.92 Number Of Installations 132,180 Solar Jobs 8,381
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 138.66 Number Of Installations 967 Solar Jobs 284
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 1,086.55 Number Of Installations 42,957 Solar Jobs 6,789
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 514.38 Number Of Installations 34,669 Solar Jobs 2,168
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 122.95 Number Of Installations 7,120 Solar Jobs 549
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Florida Solar MW Installed 2,158.77 Number Of Installations 26,319 Solar Jobs 8,589
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,563.11 Number Of Installations 200 Solar Jobs 4,310
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 920.2 Number Of Installations 76,010 Solar Jobs 2,715
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 418.75 Number Of Installations 3,409 Solar Jobs 654
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 100.5 Number Of Installations 2,718 Solar Jobs 3,571
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 317.95 Number Of Installations 2,408 Solar Jobs 2,775
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 74.68 Number Of Installations 3,765 Solar Jobs 815
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 27.59 Number Of Installations 1,101 Solar Jobs 538
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Kentucky Solar MW Installed 41.78 Number Of Installations 742 Solar Jobs 1,293
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Louisiana Solar MW Installed 94.15 Number Of Installations 23,374 Solar Jobs 2,668
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Maine Solar MW Installed 50.74 Number Of Installations 4,268 Solar Jobs 713
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Maryland Solar MW Installed 1,006.95 Number Of Installations 63,192 Solar Jobs 5,324
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 2,319.23 Number Of Installations 86,261 Solar Jobs 11,530
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 148.56 Number Of Installations 4,078 Solar Jobs 4,134
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 1,015.42 Number Of Installations 3,981 Solar Jobs 4,256
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 228.97 Number Of Installations 287 Solar Jobs 923
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 188.31 Number Of Installations 9,605 Solar Jobs 2,609
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Montana Solar MW Installed 55.33 Number Of Installations 2,376 Solar Jobs 208
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Nebraska Solar MW Installed 40.58 Number Of Installations 437 Solar Jobs 1,375
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Nevada Solar MW Installed 2,706.96 Number Of Installations 33,090 Solar Jobs 6,564
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 79.89 Number Of Installations 7,933 Solar Jobs 1,051
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,646.93 Number Of Installations 99,913 Solar Jobs 7,106
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 777.13 Number Of Installations 18,084 Solar Jobs 2,522
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,569.79 Number Of Installations 108,742 Solar Jobs 9,012
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 4,671.36 Number Of Installations 8,685 Solar Jobs 7,622
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.36 Number Of Installations 29 Solar Jobs 145
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 189.97 Number Of Installations 4,125 Solar Jobs 6,518
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 34.55 Number Of Installations 748 Solar Jobs 739
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 578.94 Number Of Installations 16,544 Solar Jobs 3,965
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 399.56 Number Of Installations 22,506 Solar Jobs 3,848
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 71.82 Number Of Installations 2,647 Solar Jobs 1,064
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 616.1 Number Of Installations 15,995 Solar Jobs 2,829
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 1.53 Number Of Installations 49 Solar Jobs 485
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 257.45 Number Of Installations 39 Solar Jobs 4,411
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Texas Solar MW Installed 2,465.75 Number Of Installations 18,253 Solar Jobs 8,873
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,636.34 Number Of Installations 33,281 Solar Jobs 6,170
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 251.89 Number Of Installations 7,215 Solar Jobs 1,535
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 656.33 Number Of Installations 5,751 Solar Jobs 3,565
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Washington DC Solar MW Installed 62.14 Number Of Installations 4,309 Solar Jobs 1,294
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 7.17 Number Of Installations 807 Solar Jobs 311
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 59 Number Of Installations 3,385 Solar Jobs 2,921
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 2.61 Number Of Installations 558 Solar Jobs 144
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State Solar Policy MW Installed Number Of Installations Solar Jobs
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California Solar MW Installed 23,185.66 Number Of Installations 894,359 Solar Jobs 86,414
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 252.1 Number Of Installations 104 Solar Jobs 488
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Alaska Solar MW Installed 3.17 Number Of Installations 610 Solar Jobs 72
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Arizona Solar MW Installed 3,663.92 Number Of Installations 132,180 Solar Jobs 8,381
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 138.66 Number Of Installations 967 Solar Jobs 284
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 1,086.55 Number Of Installations 42,957 Solar Jobs 6,789
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 514.38 Number Of Installations 34,669 Solar Jobs 2,168
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 122.95 Number Of Installations 7,120 Solar Jobs 549
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Florida Solar MW Installed 2,158.77 Number Of Installations 26,319 Solar Jobs 8,589
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,563.11 Number Of Installations 200 Solar Jobs 4,310
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 920.2 Number Of Installations 76,010 Solar Jobs 2,715
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 418.75 Number Of Installations 3,409 Solar Jobs 654
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 100.5 Number Of Installations 2,718 Solar Jobs 3,571
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 317.95 Number Of Installations 2,408 Solar Jobs 2,775
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 74.68 Number Of Installations 3,765 Solar Jobs 815
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 27.59 Number Of Installations 1,101 Solar Jobs 538
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Kentucky Solar MW Installed 41.78 Number Of Installations 742 Solar Jobs 1,293
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Louisiana Solar MW Installed 94.15 Number Of Installations 23,374 Solar Jobs 2,668
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Maine Solar MW Installed 50.74 Number Of Installations 4,268 Solar Jobs 713
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Maryland Solar MW Installed 1,006.95 Number Of Installations 63,192 Solar Jobs 5,324
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 2,319.23 Number Of Installations 86,261 Solar Jobs 11,530
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 148.56 Number Of Installations 4,078 Solar Jobs 4,134
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 1,015.42 Number Of Installations 3,981 Solar Jobs 4,256
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 228.97 Number Of Installations 287 Solar Jobs 923
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 188.31 Number Of Installations 9,605 Solar Jobs 2,609
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Montana Solar MW Installed 55.33 Number Of Installations 2,376 Solar Jobs 208
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Nebraska Solar MW Installed 40.58 Number Of Installations 437 Solar Jobs 1,375
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Nevada Solar MW Installed 2,706.96 Number Of Installations 33,090 Solar Jobs 6,564
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 79.89 Number Of Installations 7,933 Solar Jobs 1,051
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,646.93 Number Of Installations 99,913 Solar Jobs 7,106
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 777.13 Number Of Installations 18,084 Solar Jobs 2,522
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,569.79 Number Of Installations 108,742 Solar Jobs 9,012
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 4,671.36 Number Of Installations 8,685 Solar Jobs 7,622
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.36 Number Of Installations 29 Solar Jobs 145
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 189.97 Number Of Installations 4,125 Solar Jobs 6,518
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 34.55 Number Of Installations 748 Solar Jobs 739
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 578.94 Number Of Installations 16,544 Solar Jobs 3,965
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 399.56 Number Of Installations 22,506 Solar Jobs 3,848
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 71.82 Number Of Installations 2,647 Solar Jobs 1,064
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 616.1 Number Of Installations 15,995 Solar Jobs 2,829
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 1.53 Number Of Installations 49 Solar Jobs 485
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 257.45 Number Of Installations 39 Solar Jobs 4,411
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Texas Solar MW Installed 2,465.75 Number Of Installations 18,253 Solar Jobs 8,873
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,636.34 Number Of Installations 33,281 Solar Jobs 6,170
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 251.89 Number Of Installations 7,215 Solar Jobs 1,535
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 656.33 Number Of Installations 5,751 Solar Jobs 3,565
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Washington DC Solar MW Installed 62.14 Number Of Installations 4,309 Solar Jobs 1,294
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 7.17 Number Of Installations 807 Solar Jobs 311
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 59 Number Of Installations 3,385 Solar Jobs 2,921
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 2.61 Number Of Installations 558 Solar Jobs 144
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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: 6th (4th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 282,032 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.82%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 661 (107 Manufacturers, 272 Installers/Developers, 282 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $3,868.37 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 4,265 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 3rd).

Kentucky Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 43rd (37th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 4,134 .
  • 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: $68.28 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 213 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: 42nd (38th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 6,568 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.08%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 69 (7 Manufacturers, 35 Installers/Developers, 27 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $145.57 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 0 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 0th).

Kansas Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 46th (44th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 3,571 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 49 (9 Manufacturers, 23 Installers/Developers, 17 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $62.08 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 0 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 0th).

Iowa Solar

There are 76 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Iowa.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 37th (36th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 8,858 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 66 (11 Manufacturers, 40 Installers/Developers, 15 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $173.44 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 298 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 34th).

Idaho Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 21st (16th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 58,106 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.07%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 53 (7 Manufacturers, 26 Installers/Developers, 20 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $514.18 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 170 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: 31st (46th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 15,921 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.29%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 36 (7 Manufacturers, 17 Installers/Developers, 12 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $170.00 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 659 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: 49th (48th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 410 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.04%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 15 (0 Manufacturers, 8 Installers/Developers, 7 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $9.27 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 0 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 0th).

Alabama Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 25th (18th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 25,958 .
  • 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: $291.23 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 500 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: 30th (23rd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 23,273 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.19%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 239 (75 Manufacturers, 101 Installers/Developers, 63 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $258.45 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,304 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 15th).

Mississippi Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 27th (15th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 24,266 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.51%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 20 (5 Manufacturers, 9 Installers/Developers, 6 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $252.24 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 494 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: 50th (49th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 381 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 16 (0 Manufacturers, 11 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $7.23 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 165 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 42nd).

West Virginia Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 47th (47th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 928 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 20 (5 Manufacturers, 10 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $26.20 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 0 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 0th).

South Dakota Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 51st (50th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 198 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.00%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 20 (4 Manufacturers, 7 Installers/Developers, 9 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2.83 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 0 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 0th).

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 (8th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 67,605 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.75%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 81 (14 Manufacturers, 44 Installers/Developers, 23 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $963.14 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 904 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 22nd).

Oklahoma Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 45th (32nd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 4,290 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.08%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 37 (4 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 17 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $45.49 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 110 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 44th).

North Dakota Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 52nd (51st in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 46 .
  • 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: $1.75 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 0 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 0th).

Nebraska Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 44th (33rd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 5,253 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.04%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 35 (4 Manufacturers, 19 Installers/Developers, 12 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $54.02 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 0 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 0th).

Montana Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 41st (28th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 8,168 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 43 (7 Manufacturers, 28 Installers/Developers, 8 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $76.48 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 54 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: 38th (30th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 12,722 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.74%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 36 (8 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 12 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $144.57 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 289 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 35th).

Louisiana Solar

There are currently more than 72 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Louisiana.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 35th (45th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 8,513 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.12%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 73 (7 Manufacturers, 47 Installers/Developers, 19 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $309.94 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 326 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: 23rd (24th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 36,243 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.40%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 103 (27 Manufacturers, 43 Installers/Developers, 33 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $510.71 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 850 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 24th).

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 (10th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 71,330 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.14%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 255 (30 Manufacturers, 111 Installers/Developers, 114 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $827.05 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,470 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: 36th (40th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 12,554 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.57%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 87 (25 Manufacturers, 35 Installers/Developers, 27 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $213.88 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 274 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 37th).

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 (19th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 315,748 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 6.72%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 143 (21 Manufacturers, 69 Installers/Developers, 53 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,406.17 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 977 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 19th).

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 (6th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 139,458 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.94%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 185 (32 Manufacturers, 68 Installers/Developers, 85 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,465.68 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,045 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 16th).

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: 26th (31st in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 45,992 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 11.10%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 87 (12 Manufacturers, 41 Installers/Developers, 34 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $532.55 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 215 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 39th).

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: 39th (42nd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 7,701 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 46.29%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 213 (8 Manufacturers, 31 Installers/Developers, 174 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $157.91 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 164 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 43rd).

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: 40th (34th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 8,887 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.08%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 205 (41 Manufacturers, 102 Installers/Developers, 62 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $175.17 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 746 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 25th).

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 (3rd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 252,597 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.07%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 580 (73 Manufacturers, 299 Installers/Developers, 208 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $3,618.03 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 5,488 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 2nd).

Georgia Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 11th (22nd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 174,771 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.54%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 268 (51 Manufacturers, 110 Installers/Developers, 107 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,076.98 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,379 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 9th).

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: 34th (43rd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 14,771 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.08%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 370 (71 Manufacturers, 124 Installers/Developers, 175 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $289.51 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,879 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: 29th (41st in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 20,356 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.39%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 153 (20 Manufacturers, 63 Installers/Developers, 70 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $507.93 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 279 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 36th).

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 (27th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 194,569 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 4.87%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 111 (15 Manufacturers, 62 Installers/Developers, 34 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,681.72 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 863 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 23rd).

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 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 74,185 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.12%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 165 (32 Manufacturers, 81 Installers/Developers, 52 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,071.75 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,369 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. 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 (2nd in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 533,796 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 5.44%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 291 (44 Manufacturers, 127 Installers/Developers, 120 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $6,865.84 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,671 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: 24th (25th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 24,927 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.33%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 164 (41 Manufacturers, 73 Installers/Developers, 50 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $552.45 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 522 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 29th).

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 (39th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 14,329 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.59%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 57 (9 Manufacturers, 32 Installers/Developers, 16 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $379.45 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 241 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 38th).

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 (21st in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 71,973 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.41%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 200 (42 Manufacturers, 75 Installers/Developers, 83 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,435.45 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 631 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 28th).

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 (7th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 543,835 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 6.66%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 460 (78 Manufacturers, 231 Installers/Developers, 151 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $10,849.51 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,689 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 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 47,076 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.23%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 560 (118 Manufacturers, 309 Installers/Developers, 133 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,579.04 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 667 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 26th).

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 (20th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 215,974 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.00%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 467 (49 Manufacturers, 229 Installers/Developers, 189 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,958.68 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,077 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 10th).

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 (9th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 441,289 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 12.83%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 139 (14 Manufacturers, 75 Installers/Developers, 50 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $5,745.60 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,412 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: 28th (29th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 21,919 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.24%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 292 (112 Manufacturers, 88 Installers/Developers, 92 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $564.65 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,023 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 18th).

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 (5th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 384,319 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 9.80%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 549 (84 Manufacturers, 210 Installers/Developers, 255 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $5,941.64 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,726 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 (17th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 237,338 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 11.24%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 135 (4 Manufacturers, 96 Installers/Developers, 35 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,908.23 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 1,042 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 17th).

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: 5th (11th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 413,159 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.98%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 594 (86 Manufacturers, 370 Installers/Developers, 138 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $8,847.69 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 2,037 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 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 110,221 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.88%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 243 (16 Manufacturers, 126 Installers/Developers, 101 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,802.63 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 974 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 20th).

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 (12th in 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 260,884 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.33%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 866 (98 Manufacturers, 302 Installers/Developers, 466 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $4,398.29 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 3,288 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 2017) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 6,083,917 .
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 18.98%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 2840 (484 Manufacturers, 1328 Installers/Developers, 1028 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $56,803.96 Million.
  • Prices have fallen 43% over the last 5 years.
  • Growth Projection: 14,173 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

Upcoming Events

SEIA Federal & State Policy Summit
Wednesday, Oct 18 2017

SEIA Federal & State Policy Summit

The premier forum for examining federal and state policy issues and how they inform market opportunities and challenges in the solar industry.