The United States is witnessing a solar energy revolution with a massive, 120-fold increase in solar capacity over the last decade. Solar energy is not only good for consumers, but it is also extremely beneficial for the environment and the economy in the long run.
Highlights on the rise in the demand for solar energy in the U.S.:
- The installation cost of solar energy systems has decreased considerably — by as much as 60 percent since 2011.
- Solar energy is helpful in downsizing expensive investments in long-distance transmission lines.
- Solar photovoltaic cells produce much less (91 to 96 percent) global warming pollution than coal-fired and natural gas-fired power plants.
- Solar power plants have played an important role in providing clean energy jobs to local Americans. Approximately 140,000 people are currently employed in this industry, and around half of these jobs, such as installation, are in close proximity to their hometowns.
Local governments, businesses and everyday homeowners in a growing number of U.S. states are taking note of these benefits and adding solar to their energy mixes. Here’s a look at the top 10 states for solar energy in the U.S. and what we can learn from their example.