4-28-2015 How Did the Top 10 Solar Cities Fare in 2014?
Solar installations are happening every three minutes in the US, so it shouldn’t be surprising that cities are quickly transforming into rooftop solar hot spots. In 2013, the US installed 4,751 MW of solar PV, which was up 41% from 2012. In 2014, the solar industry did even better, installing 6,201 MW of solar PV.
How did this explosion of solar installation affect the top 10 solar cities’ rankings in 2014? Let’s take a look.
Here are the top 10 solar cities at the end of 2013.
And here they are at the end of 2014.
The top three solar cities, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix, all kept their crowns. They also increased their total solar capacity. Indianapolis made a pretty good leap up the table, coming in at seventh in 2013 and jumping to fourth in 2014.
San Francisco, however, didn’t fare as well. It dropped off the top 10, edged out by New Orleans’ arrival in 2014. San Antonio, New York, and Honolulu all dropped one place, while Denver rose two.
Overall, 2014 was a great year for solar. When solar installations happen on such a large scale, everyone wins.
How did the top 10 solar cities do it?
Making it onto the list of top 10 solar cities in America doesn’t happen by chance. Many of the cities on the list have favorable solar policies and rebates. Solar permitting procedures are usually expedited. Of course, it does help that many of these cities are in extremely sunny places. However, the list reflects states from across the US, not just in the sunny Southwest.
What does 2015 hold for the top 10 solar cities?
At the end of 2014, the Southwest was the clear regional winner, but other regions are beginning to take note of solar energy’s benefits. They’re expressing interest in encouraging solar installations, and they’re creating more favorable policies for solar. The rankings for the top 10 solar cities may look a little different in 2015, especially given the current state of the solar industry. We just may see some new cities make it onto the list.