It’s no surprise that the “Golden State” has taken the top spot in solar energy initiatives in the U.S. In size, California is the 3rd largest state, 3 of its cities—Sacramento, Fresno, and Redding – are among the “sunniest” in the U.S., and it also boasts the highest population of billionaires in the country.

California has more than just a combination of wealth, geographic space, and access to the sun, however. The underlying mentality of the state, is “laid-back”, yes, but is also a mentality that places the conservation of resources at the forefront of consumption. The words “drought,” “smog,” “water pollution,” and “landslide” are all common terminology for the California resident. This could perhaps explain the focus on creating a more sustainable environment, to preserve the beauty of the region and the health and welfare of its residents.

Supportive solar policies and falling costs have incentivized businesses, residents, and utilities to invest in solar resources to the point that headlines now read: “California sun produces so much power that electricity prices turn negative.”  With investments now leading to cost savings as well as environmental benefits, it’s clear that the case for solar is a solid one. While the state is clearly at the forefront,  is it possible for another state to surpass California in solar energy and take the crown as the #1 solar state? The short answer is yes, the opportunity is still available to several states, many of them are close contenders on SEIA’s top solar states list:

 

 

There are several states that did not make the top 10 list that have ample opportunity to shine as it pertains to solar energy as well. Most notably:

 

 

There has never been a better time to invest in solar energy. We applaud all states in their current contributions and look forward to next year’s rankings to see what incredible investments and returns are created.

For more information on the Sunbolt solar charging products and how you can make a solar impact in your state, contact [email protected] or call 267.419.8496.