As was likely expected, #California still reigns supreme when it comes to #solar power according to an article by CNBC. There are, however, many other states that managed to climb many positions in just one year. The states are ranked in accordance with their photovoltaic (PV) capacity. A trend is seen emerging; more and more #solar installations are being built in the Southeast and Midwest. And it looks like South Carolina is the state that managed to climb the most positions – 9 in total – from number 27 to number 18.
So, if you call South Carolina your home, you should congratulate your representatives. Your state managed to get on the esteemed top 20 markets list in 2017 when it comes to solar power capacity. SIA (abbreviation for Solar Energy Industries Association), just made public the annual review of all United States solar installations. SIA also revised its ranking of states after solar power capacity.
The states are ranked by photovoltaic capacity because it is the most widely-used type of solar technology in the world. The rankings also show how much solar capacity each state managed to add in both 2017 and 2016. So let’s take a look at the most interesting moves in the rankings.
California: A Hot Spot For Solar
Of course, it comes as no surprise that California retains its number one position. It has a solar capacity of around 19.8 gigawatts, which is huge. To get an idea of how much California is ahead, North Carolina (which is number 2 on the list) has a capacity that is five times smaller. In other words, we probably won’t see any competition for number one for several years.
In fact, nothing changed in the top five section of the review in 2017. California, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, and New Jersey are still the leading five states in solar power capacity. However, there was plenty of movement further down the list.
This was the first time since the year 2011 that Florida managed to get back on the top 10 list. The state managed to rank number three in total solar capacity added in 2017. Florida now sits comfortably at number 10.
The moves highlighted above support one of the key findings of the report: the growth of solar photovoltaic capacity is spreading to the markets in the Southeast and Midwest. This means that installers are choosing these new markets more and more. Up to now, most of the new solar installations were in the major markets (AKA the first 10 positions on the list). We can only welcome the initiative to add more solar capacity to states that may not be as advanced in solar power as the top 10 states.
In fact, it looks like the states outside the top 10 list managed to account for 21% of the entire solar power capacity installed in 2017 in the United States. In 2017, the states outside the top 10 list managed to add just around 16 per cent of the total solar capacity in the US.
Solar is Undoubtedly Growing in Popularity In Many Places
There are several other states that managed to climb several positions and reach the top 20 list, in addition to South Carolina and Florida. For example, Mississippi, Virginia, Minnesota, and Alabama all managed to get into the top 20 for new solar power installations in 2017. This is irrefutable proof that installers are choosing these emerging markets increasingly. And it comes as no surprise either.
It is a lot more difficult to enter a market that already has a large solar power capacity, like the one in California or North Carolina, than it is to enter a market that is just now expanding its solar capacity. As long as there is a need to be filled, companies will thrive filling it. And this applies to solar power as well, just like it applies to any other product.
The markets in the top 20 list are very important for the solar power growth in the United States. Even though the solar industry has been making significant progress over the last couple of years, there is still a long way to go.
The United States is making progress, as can be seen by the interesting moves in the top 20 list. The Southeast and Midwest states are gathering more and more solar power installations. If they manage to keep it up, they can become serious contenders to the top 5 list in just a couple of years. As long as progress is being made in the solar industry, competitiveness is always welcome. Continue following solar news to see what will happen next in your state!