Over the past six years, solar energy capacity more than doubled in 45 of America’s 57 largest cities, according to a new study released by Environment America Research & Policy Center. Along with the vast majority of cities that showed marked growth in solar capacity, a select group made even greater strides in going solar between 2013 and 2018. One third of the cities surveyed more than quadrupled their installed solar PV capacity over that period.
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The newest numbers show that Honolulu is rated the number one US city for solar energy installed per resident. This performance from Hawaii’s capital reflects strong state and local commitments to tackle climate change. In 2015, the Aloha State committed to using 100% renewable energy by 2045. When it comes to overall solar power capacity, Los Angeles remains the leader for the second year in a row, after ceding the top spot to San Diego two years ago. The regional leaders for solar capacity per capita were Burlington, VT in the Northeast; Washington, D.C. in the South Atlantic; San Antonio in the South-Central region; Indianapolis in the North-Central region; Las Vegas in the Mountain region and Honolulu in the Pacific region.
Many cities are rapidly adopting solar energy and driving the renewable energy transition across the country, bringing pollution-free power to our homes, schools and workplaces.
A dozen cities have made commitments to use 100% renewable energy and many more have programs and policies that encourage residents to install a rooftop solar to power their homes, heat their water, and lower their energy costs, and thus getting closer to achieving the goal of decarbonizing our economy.
But the comprehensive research shows that at the end of the day, the main difference between cities leading on solar energy and those that are lagging is effective public policy – at the state and local level.
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