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LA shines brightest in US solar ranking for the second year

Environment America Research & Policy Centre’s annual report also reveals that solar power has doubled in most major cities over the past six years.

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Los Angeles continues to lead US cities when it comes to solar energy
Los Angeles continues to lead US cities when it comes to solar energy

Installed solar energy capacity has more than doubled in the majority of the US’s largest cities in the past six years, new research shows.

 

The report released by Environment America Research & Policy Centre finds 45 of the nation’s 57 major cities showed marked growth in solar capacity with a “select group” making even greater strides in going solar between 2013 and 2018.

 

One-third of the cities surveyed in all of the report’s editions more than quadrupled their installed solar PV capacity over that period.

 

Shining Cities

 

Shining Cities 2019: The Top US Cities for Solar Energy, is the sixth annual edition of the comprehensive survey of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in major US cities.

 

When it comes to overall solar power capacity, Los Angeles (LA) remains the leader for the second year in a row, after ceding the top spot to San Diego two years ago. LA has taken this spot in five of the six years of the survey.

 

In addition to the overall rankings, regional leaders for solar capacity per capita were Burlington, Vermont, in the Northeast; Washington, DC 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.

“The difference between cities leading on solar energy and those that are lagging is effective public policy – at the state and local level”

“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,” said Bret Fanshaw, go solar campaign director, Environment America Research & Policy Centre. “We applaud the leadership shown by many cities and invite even more to let the sunshine in.”

 

Beyond the historical analysis, the 2018 report expanded to include 69 major US cities. The newest numbers show that Honolulu rates number one 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 per cent renewable energy by 2045.

 

“The difference between cities leading on solar energy and those that are lagging is effective public policy – at the state and local level,” added Abigail Bradford, report co-author and policy analyst at Frontier Group.

 

“A dozen cities in our report have made commitments to use 100 per cent renewable energy and many more have programmes and policies that encourage residents to install solar panels.”

 

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