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49.3 GW
Of total solar capacity installed nationwide.
260,000
Americans working in solar.
1,590,000
Solar energy systems installed nationwide.
California Solar MW Installed 20,163.3 Number Of Installations 759,979 Solar Jobs 100,050
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 127.87 Number Of Installations 88 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 3,335.50 Number Of Installations 109,395 Solar Jobs 7,310
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 20.17 Number Of Installations 295 Solar Jobs 271
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 973.98 Number Of Installations 42,361 Solar Jobs 6,004
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 388.74 Number Of Installations 26,436 Solar Jobs 2,174
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 108.15 Number Of Installations 5,085 Solar Jobs 363
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Florida Solar MW Installed 889.52 Number Of Installations 19,841 Solar Jobs 8,260
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,504.53 Number Of Installations 1,560 Solar Jobs 3,924
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 800.1 Number Of Installations 76,014 Solar Jobs 3,194
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 391.36 Number Of Installations 1,152 Solar Jobs 611
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 81.52 Number Of Installations 2,281 Solar Jobs 3,718
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 265.64 Number Of Installations 1,031 Solar Jobs 2,700
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 54.04 Number Of Installations 2,679 Solar Jobs 563
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 11.04 Number Of Installations 816 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 80.74 Number Of Installations 16,148 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 779.90 Number Of Installations 52,404 Solar Jobs 5,429
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 1,898.33 Number Of Installations 73,707 Solar Jobs 14,582
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 107.01 Number Of Installations 2,597 Solar Jobs 4,118
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 617.72 Number Of Installations 2,752 Solar Jobs 2,872
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 158.84 Number Of Installations 644 Solar Jobs 883
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 154.41 Number Of Installations 5,930 Solar Jobs 2,380
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Montana Solar MW Installed 27.25 Number Of Installations 3,243 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 2,521.35 Number Of Installations 25,479 Solar Jobs 8,371
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 65.79 Number Of Installations 5,825 Solar Jobs 1,184
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,233.74 Number Of Installations 80,013 Solar Jobs 6,056
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 691.59 Number Of Installations 11,835 Solar Jobs 2,929
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,175.66 Number Of Installations 89,232 Solar Jobs 8,135
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 3,784.80 Number Of Installations 6,836 Solar Jobs 7,112
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.24 Number Of Installations 30 Solar Jobs 175
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 156.44 Number Of Installations 2,199 Solar Jobs 5,831
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 5.99 Number Of Installations 1,371 Solar Jobs 814
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 280.64 Number Of Installations 14,804 Solar Jobs 4,509
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 347.63 Number Of Installations 19,191 Solar Jobs 3,061
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 21.80 Number Of Installations 865 Solar Jobs 1,176
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 265.17 Number Of Installations 9,796 Solar Jobs 2,772
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.42 Number Of Installations 41 Solar Jobs 478
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 191.96 Number Of Installations 2,062 Solar Jobs 3,548
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Texas Solar MW Installed 1,846.87 Number Of Installations 31,608 Solar Jobs 9,396
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,565.61 Number Of Installations 25,218 Solar Jobs 4,408
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 204.72 Number Of Installations 6,894 Solar Jobs 1,767
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 290.89 Number Of Installations 3,314 Solar Jobs 3,236
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 7.46 Number Of Installations 688 Solar Jobs 381
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 43.00 Number Of Installations 3,262 Solar Jobs 2,813
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 1.30 Number Of Installations 1,592 Solar Jobs 152
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California Solar MW Installed 20,163.3 Number Of Installations 759,979 Solar Jobs 100,050
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Alabama Solar MW Installed 127.87 Number Of Installations 88 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 3,335.50 Number Of Installations 109,395 Solar Jobs 7,310
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Arkansas Solar MW Installed 20.17 Number Of Installations 295 Solar Jobs 271
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Colorado Solar MW Installed 973.98 Number Of Installations 42,361 Solar Jobs 6,004
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Connecticut Solar MW Installed 388.74 Number Of Installations 26,436 Solar Jobs 2,174
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Delaware Solar MW Installed 108.15 Number Of Installations 5,085 Solar Jobs 363
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Florida Solar MW Installed 889.52 Number Of Installations 19,841 Solar Jobs 8,260
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Georgia Solar MW Installed 1,504.53 Number Of Installations 1,560 Solar Jobs 3,924
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Hawaii Solar MW Installed 800.1 Number Of Installations 76,014 Solar Jobs 3,194
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Idaho Solar MW Installed 391.36 Number Of Installations 1,152 Solar Jobs 611
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Illinois Solar MW Installed 81.52 Number Of Installations 2,281 Solar Jobs 3,718
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Indiana Solar MW Installed 265.64 Number Of Installations 1,031 Solar Jobs 2,700
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Iowa Solar MW Installed 54.04 Number Of Installations 2,679 Solar Jobs 563
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Kansas Solar MW Installed 11.04 Number Of Installations 816 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 80.74 Number Of Installations 16,148 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 779.90 Number Of Installations 52,404 Solar Jobs 5,429
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Massachusetts Solar MW Installed 1,898.33 Number Of Installations 73,707 Solar Jobs 14,582
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Michigan Solar MW Installed 107.01 Number Of Installations 2,597 Solar Jobs 4,118
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Minnesota Solar MW Installed 617.72 Number Of Installations 2,752 Solar Jobs 2,872
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Mississippi Solar MW Installed 158.84 Number Of Installations 644 Solar Jobs 883
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Missouri Solar MW Installed 154.41 Number Of Installations 5,930 Solar Jobs 2,380
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Montana Solar MW Installed 27.25 Number Of Installations 3,243 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 2,521.35 Number Of Installations 25,479 Solar Jobs 8,371
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New Hampshire Solar MW Installed 65.79 Number Of Installations 5,825 Solar Jobs 1,184
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New Jersey Solar MW Installed 2,233.74 Number Of Installations 80,013 Solar Jobs 6,056
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New Mexico Solar MW Installed 691.59 Number Of Installations 11,835 Solar Jobs 2,929
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New York Solar MW Installed 1,175.66 Number Of Installations 89,232 Solar Jobs 8,135
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North Carolina Solar MW Installed 3,784.80 Number Of Installations 6,836 Solar Jobs 7,112
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North Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.24 Number Of Installations 30 Solar Jobs 175
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Ohio Solar MW Installed 156.44 Number Of Installations 2,199 Solar Jobs 5,831
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Oklahoma Solar MW Installed 5.99 Number Of Installations 1,371 Solar Jobs 814
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Oregon Solar MW Installed 280.64 Number Of Installations 14,804 Solar Jobs 4,509
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Pennsylvania Solar MW Installed 347.63 Number Of Installations 19,191 Solar Jobs 3,061
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Rhode Island Solar MW Installed 21.80 Number Of Installations 865 Solar Jobs 1,176
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South Carolina Solar MW Installed 265.17 Number Of Installations 9,796 Solar Jobs 2,772
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South Dakota Solar MW Installed 0.42 Number Of Installations 41 Solar Jobs 478
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Tennessee Solar MW Installed 191.96 Number Of Installations 2,062 Solar Jobs 3,548
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Texas Solar MW Installed 1,846.87 Number Of Installations 31,608 Solar Jobs 9,396
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Utah Solar MW Installed 1,565.61 Number Of Installations 25,218 Solar Jobs 4,408
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Vermont Solar MW Installed 204.72 Number Of Installations 6,894 Solar Jobs 1,767
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Virginia Solar MW Installed 290.89 Number Of Installations 3,314 Solar Jobs 3,236
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West Virginia Solar MW Installed 7.46 Number Of Installations 688 Solar Jobs 381
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Wisconsin Solar MW Installed 43.00 Number Of Installations 3,262 Solar Jobs 2,813
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Wyoming Solar MW Installed 1.30 Number Of Installations 1,592 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: 207,208.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.55%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 576 (100 Manufacturers, 234 Installers/Developers, 222 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,797.37 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1907 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 4th).

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: 45th (42nd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 1,543.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 41 (7 Manufacturers, 20 Installers/Developers, 12 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $29.33 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 (35th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 6,538.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 59 (10 Manufacturers, 37 Installers/Developers, 10 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $131.03 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 82 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 38th).

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: 48,532.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.82%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 49 (7 Manufacturers, 23 Installers/Developers, 15 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $313.47 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 186 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 29th).

Arkansas Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 43rd (46th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 2,193.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.07%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 32 (7 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 7 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $34.70 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 87 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 37th).

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: 29th (22nd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 11,927.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.02%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 48 (14 Manufacturers, 16 Installers/Developers, 18 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $142.96 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 359 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 21st).

Michigan Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 31st (32nd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 16,100.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.10%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 225 (74 Manufacturers, 94 Installers/Developers, 53 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $168.45 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 207 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 28th).

Mississippi Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 26th (38th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 16,250.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.07%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 21 (6 Manufacturers, 10 Installers/Developers, 5 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $155.90 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 262 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 24th).

Wyoming Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 49th (48th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 202.
  • 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: $11.55 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 47 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 43rd).

West Virginia Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 46th (45th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 680.
  • 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: $20.84 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: 50th (50th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 48.
  • 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: 23rd (20th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 28,806.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.15%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 71 (13 Manufacturers, 40 Installers/Developers, 18 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $432.20 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 745 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 13th).

Oklahoma Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 47th (47th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 696.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.01%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 32 (4 Manufacturers, 14 Installers/Developers, 12 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $24.80 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 41 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: 51st (51st in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 23.
  • 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: $1.20 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: 41st (44th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 3,604.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 43 (7 Manufacturers, 28 Installers/Developers, 7 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $33.79 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 65 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 39th).

Rhode Island Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 42nd (43rd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 3,835.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.19%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 32 (7 Manufacturers, 15 Installers/Developers, 8 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $46.54 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 57 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: 34th (33rd in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 7,032.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.21%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 69 (5 Manufacturers, 47 Installers/Developers, 17 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $276.76 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 115 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 33rd).

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: 30,980.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.37%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 94 (27 Manufacturers, 40 Installers/Developers, 25 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $384.70 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 237 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 25th).

Virginia Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 20th (17th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 29,423.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.37%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 222 (23 Manufacturers, 106 Installers/Developers, 90 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $397.48 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 664 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 14th).

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: 10,041.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.46%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 86 (25 Manufacturers, 34 Installers/Developers, 26 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $177.08 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 108 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 34th).

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: 307,396.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 5.88%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 111 (19 Manufacturers, 52 Installers/Developers, 39 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,247.71 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 772 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 11th).

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: 81,532.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.05%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 162 (29 Manufacturers, 64 Installers/Developers, 64 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $584.54 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 541 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 19th).

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: 24th (24th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 36,845.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 10.42%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 83 (11 Manufacturers, 40 Installers/Developers, 28 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $472.18 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 157 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 30th).

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: 38th (41st in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 6,504.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.04%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 192 (39 Manufacturers, 98 Installers/Developers, 52 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $148.20 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 92 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 35th).

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: 12th (9th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 97,444.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.38%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 507 (70 Manufacturers, 271 Installers/Developers, 157 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,703.24 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1915 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 3rd).

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: 170,268.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.93%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 238 (47 Manufacturers, 101 Installers/Developers, 80 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,019.30 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1200 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 7th).

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: 33rd (40th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 12,543.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.06%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 327 (66 Manufacturers, 113 Installers/Developers, 140 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $227.54 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 443 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 20th).

Missouri Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 28th (29th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 16,779.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.28%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 126 (18 Manufacturers, 54 Installers/Developers, 51 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $452.90 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 135 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 31st).

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: 171,952.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.81%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 106 (15 Manufacturers, 60 Installers/Developers, 27 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,547.81 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 574 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 18th).

Oregon Solar

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

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 21st (18th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 35,445.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.61%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 160 (32 Manufacturers, 78 Installers/Developers, 47 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $695.60 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 610 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 16th).

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 (4th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 427,240.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 4.12%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 256 (41 Manufacturers, 114 Installers/Developers, 94 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $5,725.42 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 2305 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 2nd).

Tennessee Solar

There are currently more than 159 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Tennessee.

Quick Facts
  • National Ranking: 25th (26th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 18,050.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.28%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 160 (39 Manufacturers, 72 Installers/Developers, 46 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $449.99 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 221 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: 30th (30th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 12,332.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.41%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 54 (9 Manufacturers, 31 Installers/Developers, 11 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $344.25 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 88 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 36th).

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: 53,093.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.19%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 187 (41 Manufacturers, 69 Installers/Developers, 73 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,195.46 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 358 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: 496,189.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 5.92%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 432 (74 Manufacturers, 221 Installers/Developers, 129 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $8,111.73 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1837 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 (25th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 40,245.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.21%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 534 (114 Manufacturers, 306 Installers/Developers, 109 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $1,457.90 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 311 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 23rd).

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: 195,469.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.61%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 437 (46 Manufacturers, 220 Installers/Developers, 163 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,802.62 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 610 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 15th).

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 (5th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 413,811.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 10.63%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 131 (15 Manufacturers, 73 Installers/Developers, 38 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $4,199.22 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1560 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 6th).

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: 27th (36th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 18,272.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.20%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 270 (106 Manufacturers, 83 Installers/Developers, 75 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $472.00 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 236 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 26th).

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: 311,922.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 7.42%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 501 (83 Manufacturers, 194 Installers/Developers, 219 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $4,921.89 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1188 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 9th).

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: 13th (19th in 2016) .
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 201,441.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 10.06%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 127 (3 Manufacturers, 90 Installers/Developers, 33 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,634.92 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 598 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 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: 346,997.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 3.56%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 567 (82 Manufacturers, 357 Installers/Developers, 122 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $8,296.02 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1198 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 8th).

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: 83,062.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 2.86%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 218 (14 Manufacturers, 119 Installers/Developers, 83 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,394.09 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 754 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 12th).

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: 193,401.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 1.03%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 774 (93 Manufacturers, 280 Installers/Developers, 387 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $3,619.43 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 1143 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 10th).

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: 5,207,714.
  • Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 15.14%.
  • Solar Companies in State: 2653 (457 Manufacturers, 1271 Installers/Developers, 885 Others).
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $46,007.44 million.
  • Prices have fallen 55% in the last five years.
  • Growth Projection: 10261 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