At the beginning of April, we worked with Environment America to help review and provide input for their report focusing on the solar growth in major American cities.
The report, Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution, revealed that while America’s top 20 cities only represent less than one percent of the nation’s total land area, they are responsible for 7 percent of US solar capacity. This incredible growth of solar in cities is large part can be attributed to the strong federal, state, and local policies that encourage investment in solar PV installations and reduce the regulatory barriers to going solar. More specifically, innovative financing options, strong net metering regulations, feed-in tariff programs, partnerships with utilities, and community solar efforts are all ways cities are encouraging solar development.
The report finds that major urban cities like Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Denver are benefitting from using solar energy and are increasingly more responsible for helping America to recognize its solar potential.