California maintains position as top US solar state: Ernst & Young

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email

California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado lead the US as the country's top five solar states, according to consultancy Ernst & Young's biannual renewable energy attractiveness indices.

California, the leader last year, came out top again with 1,033MW installed this year – the first state to install more than 1,000MW a year.

The rankings are based on a score out of 100 covering criteria such as a state’s potential for certain technologies, infrastructure and policies.

Splitting ranks by installation type, California is still top in the residential segment but comes and second in utility-scale installations, behind Arizona – though the US Solar Energy Industry Association predicts it will overtake Arizona in this segment this year.

Hawaii and Nevada swapped places in this year's rankings, with Colorado making the top five for the first time

Purely in terms of annual installations, California still ranked as the top state in 2012, followed by Arizona, New Jersey, Nevada and North Carolina. The top five for cumulative solar installed in 2012 were California, Arizona, New Jersey, Nevada and Colorado.

Utility-scale installations totalled 1,781MW in 2012 with 10.5GW in the pipeline according to power purchase agreements – 3.1GW of which is already under construction. The report also predicts that utility procurement will slow down, as utilities reach and exceed purchased renewable energy obligations.

Renting rooftop solar systems has taken off and is expected to continue to be popular, making up 50% of the US solar market in 2012, with system prices dropping 20% between the fourth quarter 2011 and 2012.  

Last year the US installed 3,313MW of solar, with 1,300 installed in the final quarter of 2012 alone. The total of installed solar in the US is now 7,221MW – or more than 300,000 installations. The US also made up 11% of global PV installations.

“While overall US investment in clean energy is down, it’s still ahead of annual investment from prior years,” said Michael Bernier, senior manager, national tax at Ernst & Young.

“What’s important to note is that the US$44.2 billion invested is not representative of the industry’s true expansion. Solar technology, for example, is increasingly cost effective. As prices fall, the initial investment goes a lot further. US$1 billion installs a lot more solar than it did five years ago.”

Despite fluctuating costs, by dollar value the renewables market as a whole grew by 34% in 2012, making up nearly 50% of all new energy generation in 2012.

10 November 2021
The solar tracker market continues to mature at breakneck speed, with designs and component selections becoming ever-more complex in the pursuit of better project economics. But a more simplistic design could deliver a triple benefit of lower Capex, EPC and Opex costs. This webinar will set out the ideal single axis tracker design for utility-scale solar farms. The design leapfrogs from decades of experience, with a comprehensive understanding and attention to the three cost structures of Capex, EPC and Opx. Sun and Steel Solar has prototyped a single axis tracker designed to deliver up to US$0.03/W in real savings compared to existing single axis trackers on the market. That’s US$30 million for every gigawatt deployed.
15 November 2021
The 10th edition of the famous Metallization and Interconnection Workshop, MIW2021, will take place in the Thor Central venue in Genk, Belgium, on Monday, November 15, and Tuesday, November 16, 2021 as a face-to-face meeting. We are longing for direct exchange of knowledge and ideas after a long time. Hopefully you can be part of it! But of course, the organizors will keep an eye on the evolution of the Covid pandemic. It will be assess carefully, whether the workshop can be held without major risks or excessive restrictions. We are looking forward to exciting talks, discussions and meetings and to welcoming you in Genk!
23 November 2021
The solar, storage and EV industries in the UK are going from strength to strength. There is no better place for the community to meet, share ideas and do business than Solar & Storage Live from 23-25 November at the NEC.There’s something for everyone; more than 150 exhibitors, a high-level conference, a start up and innovation zone, a poster zone, strategic partners to network with and much more. 
24 November 2021
In this webinar we will assess how these technical parameters and land characteristics can make a difference, in order to correctly make the choice between 1P or 2P trackers. There will be a comparison of the behaviour of Soltec’s 1P tracker, SFOne, and its 2P tracker, the SF7.
1 December 2021
Understand fully the technical and logistical supply chains that determine the production and performance of solar modules, including all related factors impacting quality, reliability & bankability. This event will be run online with streamed content, access to session recordings and chat/messaging tools for delegates to connect.
2 December 2021
Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition & conference series for the solar industry. As part of this event series, Intersolar India in Mumbai is India’s most pioneering exhibition and conference for India’s solar industry. It takes place annually and has a focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production and solar thermal technologies. Since 2019, Intersolar India is held under the umbrella of The smarter E India – India’s innovation hub for the new energy world.

Read Next

October 28, 2021
US residential solar installer Sunnova is broadening its service offering in areas such as battery storage and electric vehicle charging as it bids to double its customer count over the next two years.
PV Tech Premium
October 28, 2021
With the crucial COP26 summit just days away, PV Tech Premium breaks down the key players and countries for solar to watch at the event
October 27, 2021
More than half of utility-scale solar projects planned for next year could be at risk of delay or cancellation as a result of surging materials and logistics cost, new analysis has claimed.
PV Tech Premium
October 27, 2021
As prices rise and component availability remains tight, both solar’s upstream and downstream are rallying behind the common cause of ensuring which projects can go ahead, do go ahead in a timely fashion. Liam Stoker assesses the industry’s efforts to keep the supply chain moving forward.
October 27, 2021
Colombia has awarded contracts to 11 solar PV projects with a combined capacity of 796.3MW in its third renewable energy auction.
October 27, 2021
Microinverter supplier Enphase Energy reported record quarterly revenue in Q3 2021 but stressed the importance of price increases to help offset price volatility in its supply chain.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
November 10, 2021
8am (PST) | 5pm (CET)
Solar Media Events
December 1, 2021