California Outpaced the Nation in Solar Capacity Installed-2014

Did you know that in 2014 California came in first in several key areas? In job creation, for example, California led the nation by adding 498,000 jobs between January 2014 and January 2015. California was also  at the forefront in installed solar capacity in 2014.

The U.S. installed 6,201 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2014 and 767MW of concentrated solar power to reach 20 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, enough to power 4 million American homes. Thirty-two percent of new electric generating capacity came from solar in 2014, and the industry now employs nearly 175,000 workers, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2014.

We are proud to say that California installed 4,316 megawatts in 2014 alone, more than the total of U.S.  installations between 1970 and 2011!  That’s not all. The differences between other leading states are astounding. The second leading state was North Carolina, with 396.6 megawatts installed. North Carolina has more solar capacity than the entire Southeast states combined.

True to the old adage, pictures speak louder than words. Take a look at the fun-filled facts on the accompanying infographic from the Solar Energy Industries Association.