It’s not exactly Earth-shattering news that states with more progressive solar policies have more solar energy capacity than states that don’t. But there are a few correlations between solar policy and economic health that might be worth noting.
Environment America released a report on solar policy and solar capacity this week titled Lighting The Way: The top 10 states that helped drive America’s solar energy boom in 2013.
The report revealed that while the 10 states with the most installed solar energy capacity per capita account for just 26 percent of the nation’s population, they host 87 percent of the country’s solar power.
The common ground for the top 10 isn’t abundance of sunshine, high power rates or a density of environmentally minded residents. The common ground is policy.