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Energy choice states continue to dominate solar energy rankings

New rank­ings from solar pow­er advo­cates show states that have adopt­ed ener­gy choice for some or all elec­tric cus­tomers con­tin­ue to dom­i­nate rank­ings of the most solar-friend­ly states.

The twelve states that have opened their doors to retail com­pe­ti­tion, plus states like Cal­i­for­nia and Ore­gon which have ener­gy choice for some cus­tomers, receive high marks for rooftop, com­mu­ni­ty, and large-scale solar.

While most Amer­i­cans would like­ly expect solar to be installed main­ly in sun­nier south­ern states, rank­ings pub­lished by the Solar Ener­gy Indus­tries Asso­ci­a­tion show that four of the twelve states that have adopt­ed full ener­gy choice place in the top ten states for installed megawatts of solar ener­gy, despite most being locat­ed in north­ern cli­mates. These states include Mass­a­chu­setts, New Jer­sey, and New York.

Texas, an ear­ly adopter of ener­gy choice, is also a top pro­duc­er of both solar and wind ener­gy.  Cal­i­for­nia, a state that is see­ing an explo­sion of ener­gy choice through its com­mu­ni­ty aggre­ga­tion pro­grams, places num­ber one on the list.

When solar-friend­ly poli­cies are ranked – regard­less of region – ener­gy choice states dom­i­nate the rank­ings.

Anoth­er wide­ly-cit­ed rank­ing by the solar advo­ca­cy group SPR has award­ed Mass­a­chu­setts its top spot for the sec­ond year in a row; and Ener­gy Choice states took sev­en of the top 10 spots.  Wash­ing­ton D.C., an ener­gy choice dis­trict, also placed in the top 10.

Even though Neva­da is one of the sun­ni­est states in the U.S., it places in the bot­tom half of the rank­ings for solar friend­ly poli­cies.

Ener­gy choice states like Mass­a­chu­setts reg­u­lar­ly receive high rat­ings from solar pow­er advo­cates, despite hav­ing few­er sun­ny days than Neva­da,” Ques­tion 3 ener­gy attor­ney Joshua Weber said. “These states cre­ate an envi­ron­ment ripe for com­pe­ti­tion among solar com­pa­nies, and pro­vide plat­forms for inno­v­a­tive, new approach­es to rooftop solar, com­mu­ni­ty solar, and oth­er renew­able resources.”

Solar com­pe­ti­tion is only pos­si­ble because Mass­a­chu­setts and oth­er ener­gy choice states have made elec­tric ser­vice a com­pet­i­tive busi­ness.

Ulti­mate­ly, many fac­tors and state poli­cies con­tribute to the suc­cess of rooftop and com­mu­ni­ty solar devel­op­ment, but states with ener­gy choice and open retail mar­kets pro­vide unmatched oppor­tu­ni­ty for inno­v­a­tive, green choic­es on your roof and in your com­mu­ni­ty,” Weber said.

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