In a speech this week at the University of Hawaii, former Vice President Al Gore called one key factor a "game changer" in the fight against climate change. The exponential growth in photovoltaic solar panels, he said, is "unstoppable," as is the consumers' demand for lower prices in the energy marketplace.
The former Vice President hasn't been dubbed "the Goracle" for nothing. According to a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center, "The United States has more than 200 times as much solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed today as it did in 2002." source
While the top five cities for total installed solar PV capacity are unsurprising given the sunshine quota (three are in California, plus Honolulu and Phoenix), the top twenty represents every region of America and includes cities like Indianapolis, Newark and Raleigh.
The report also identifies its “Solar Stars," or cities with more than 50 watts of installed solar PV capacity per person. PV refers to something that turns something into something! In this case solar power into energy.
Honolulu comes in at number one, which is unsurprising in a state where solar electricity is already cheaper than electricity from the grid, even without government incentives. San Jose, CA., and Wilmington, DE., rank second and third.
Want to know who else is leading this "revolution"? The full lists are below, and check out Environment America's report for more information on the unique policy initiatives at play across the country.
“Solar Stars”: Cities with More Than 50 Watts of Installed Solar PV Capacity per Person
- Honolulu, HI
- San Jose, CA
- Wilmington, DE
- San Diego, CA
- Indianapolis, IN
- Phoenix, AZ
- San Antonio, TX
- New Orleans, LA