Thursday, April 17 2014
Updated: Thursday, April 17 2014
The 20 top cities have a total installed solar PV capacity of more than 800MW and are located in almost every region of the United States, according to the ranking, part of a study, “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”
With one-tenth of one percent of the country’s land area, the top 20 cities contain 7% of solar PV capacity in the US – more solar power today than was installed nationwide six years ago.
The authors say the ranking is the first national-scale comparison of its kind of solar PV installations in major American cities. Solar capacity tabulated is from within the city limits of the municipalities.
On a solar PV capacity per capita basis, Honolulu led all cities with 265 watts per person, followed by San Jose, California, 96; Wilmington, Delaware, 96; San Diego, California, 81 and Indianapolis, 68.
The report notes that cities are increasing their use of solar energy in a variety of ways. Some cities are focusing on distributed solar PV on homes and small businesses, others are building utility-scale solar power plants, while still others are developing solar energy at the neighborhood scale or through community projects.
Urban solar PV growth is being fueled by city policies and programs, partnerships with local utilities, strong state-level policies and support from federal programs.
Top 20 US cities by total installed solar PV capacity:
Los Angeles 132MW
San Diego 107MW
San Jose 94MW
San Antonio 84MW
New York City 33MW
San Francisco 26MW
New Orleans 22MW
Portland, Oregon 15MW
Austin, Texas 13MW
Las Vegas 13MW
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