Solar rankings released, Oregon lands outside the top 12
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Oregon landed just short of making a list of "Dazzling Dozen" states that are setting new standards in solar energy usage.
Oregon actually ranked 13th in the "Lighting the Way" report issued by Environment Oregon. The group, which analyzed data from the Solar Energy Industries Association, examined such adoption data as cumulative solar electricity capacity per capita, photovoltaics installed per capita, cumulative solar electricity installations and installed capacity, in terms of megawatts.
The report was released this morning.
The state ranked 15th overall in those first two categories and 13th in the latter two.
Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii filled the top three spots, which suggests that solar remains more popular in sunnier states.
Yet New Jersey also fared well, finishing fourth among the "Dazzling Dozen." Delaware ranked seventh, followed by Colorado, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Maryland. California and New Mexico ranked fifth and sixth respectively.
Among the survey's findings:
- Eleven of the top 12 states offer "strong net metering policies" that compensate customers at the full retail rate for excess electricity they supply to the grid.
- Ten of the top 12 enjoy strong statewide interconnection policies that "reduce the time and hassle required for individuals and companies to connect solar energy systems to the grid."
- Eleven of the "Dazzling Dozen" have renewable energy standards that set minimum requirements for the amount of power that must come from renewable sources.
The 12 states account for 85 percent of the nation's installed solar electricity capacity despite hosting just 28 percent of the country's population.
The state of Washington ranked between 23rd and 25th in the four key solar energy adoption categories studied by Environment Oregon.
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