Top 10 States Making the Solar Switch [Infographic]

Top 10 States Making the Solar Switch [Infographic]

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Top 10 States Making the Solar Switch

Leading solar states in the U.S. based on average megawatts installed per square mile.

Let’s Look at the Data

According to American Energy Independence, the sun has the potential to provide us with 1 kilowatt-hour per hour, per square meter of the earth’s surface. Note that there are 6-7 useable solar hours of energy each day. Let’s break that down…

  • California has a land area of 155,959 square miles. That is equivalent to 250,991,681 square meters.
  • Then multiply that by 6 sunny hours, and we’ve got over 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) available to us each day in California alone!
  • As a reference, 1 kWh is enough to wash 12 pounds of laundry, watch television for 10 hours, or cook breakfast for a family of 4.

Now let’s check out the states that are making the biggest effort to harness the incredible power of the sun.

Top 10 Solar States

This list is sorted by the highest number of megawatts installed per square mile of land—with additional state-specific information about the total number of installations and the cost per watt.

(Data obtained from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in their ongoing, Open PV Project)

  1. New Jersey
  • Megawatts per square mile: 184.2
  • Total number of installations: 27,982
  • Cost per watt: $3.70
  1. Massachusetts
  • Megawatts per square mile: 62.3
  • Total number of installations: 15,849
  • Cost per watt: $4.97
  1. California
  • Megawatts per square mile: 22.6
  • Total number of installations: 271,536
  • Cost per watt: $6.35
  1. Arizona
  • Megawatts per square mile: 9.3
  • Total number of installations: 39,016
  • Cost per watt: $4.78
  1. Pennsylvania
  • Megawatts per square mile: 4.2
  • Total number of installations: 7,175
  • Cost per watt: $6.25
  1. New York
  • Megawatts per square mile: 4.2
  • Total number of installations: 11,737
  • Cost per watt: $6.61
  1. Nevada
  • Megawatts per square mile: 2.2
  • Total number of installations: 2,223
  • Cost per watt: $6.68
  1. New Mexico
  • Megawatts per square mile: 1.3
  • Total number of installations: 3,520
  • Cost per watt: $6.31
  1. Colorado
  • Megawatts per square mile: 1.3
  • Total number of installations: 2,619
  • Cost per watt: $5.75
  1. Texas
  • Megawatts per square mile: 0.8
  • Total number of installations: 4,638
  • Cost per watt: $5.77

Note: NREL data listed “total capacity installed (MW)” which we calculated into “megawatts per square mile” by dividing capacity installed (MW) by the state’s land area (sq. mi.).

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Resources:

https://openpv.nrel.gov/rankings

http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/populations/usapoptable.htm

https://www.duke-energy.com/pdfs/MyHER%20What%20is%20a%20Killowatt-Hour%20Energy%20Chart.pdf

2017-06-07T23:02:26+00:00 Renewable Energy, Solar Energy|