New Mexico tops in solar power per capita
New Mexico ranked highest in solar energy per capita.
The national Solar Energy Industries Association has ranked New Mexico No. 1 in the nation for installed solar power per state resident in 2011.
The association’s annual Solar Market Insight report, released in mid-March, said New Mexico installed 116 megawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity last year, the fourth highest amount among all U.S. states.
The report says New Mexico has reached a total of 166.9 megawatts of cumulative installed solar generation, equal to 77.3 watts of solar power per capita.
That makes New Mexico No. 1 in the U.S. for solar per person, and No. 1 in per capita additions in 2011, said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.
“New Mexico provides a great example of how effective state and federal policy can open new markets for solar energy,” Resch said. “The state is now one of the most important markets for solar energy in the U.S.”
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