Solar energy generation has increased dramatically in California – 1,378 percent in just five years, according to Next 10’s California Green Innovation Index.

The Eighth Annual California Green Innovation Index, found that California has installed 3,266 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) in 2015 alone, more than any other state in the U.S., bringing the state’s total to 13,243 MW. Further, total residential megawatts (installed capacity) increased 65 percent in 2015, while total megawatts interconnected in the industrial sector almost doubled, and the commercial sector saw a substantial 42 percent increase.

Next 10 is an independent, nonpartisan organization that educates, engages and empowers Californians to improve the state’s future. With a focus on the intersection of the economy, the environment, and quality of life, Next 10 employs research from leading experts on complex state issues and creates a portfolio of nonpartisan educational materials to foster a deeper understanding of the critical issues affecting our state.

The California Green Innovation Index tracks the state’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, spurring technological and business innovation, and growing businesses and jobs that enable the transition to a more resource- efficient economy.

The findings of the Index are not surprising to us, as we know that the solar movement is only getting stronger and stronger, especially in California and the Sacramento region. There is a lot of exciting things happening in the solar industry, including a solar-powered plane flying around the world and enormous floating solar farms.

You can be part of the clean energy/solar movement and save on your energy bill at the same time.

Contact us for a free site visit and solar needs analysis, or simply give us a call with any questions you may have at 916.853.2700.

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