Last year, California residents installed more rooftop solar capacity in one year than in the previous thirty combined! In 2013 alone, the state added a whopping 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity to their homes, up from an already impressive 500 MW in 2012. The incredible spike can be attributed in part to the increasing affordability of photovoltaic panels.
As 2013 came to a close, California announced its total rooftop solar capacity had doubled in just one year. The state boasted 1,000 MW of accrued rooftop solar capacity, demonstrating that solar energy is not only in demand, but also affordable. At this rate, Solar Industry Magazine notes that California’s rooftop solar capacity will grow to 5,000 MW by 2014, which would blast through the Million Solar Roofs Initiative that aims to install 3,000 MW by 2016.
California boasts more rooftop solar systems than any other state, but American citizens in other states are increasingly turning to solar energy. Since 2012, 200,000 rooftop solar arrays have been added to homes and businesses across the United States, according to Bloomberg News. The sharp decline of PV panels over the past 5-10 years has made rooftop solar a more feasible option for mostly middle class Americans.
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