How Much Does Energy Policy in the Golden State Carry Beyond Its Borders?
California has been in the lead for just about every metric that measures home solar adoption and installation since the beginning of the solar installation industry. California has also led the nation when it comes to utility-scale solar projects, solar storage, and policy initiatives that push solar as a viable alternative to our continued reliance on fossil fuels.
There is an old adage that states, “as California goes, so goes the nation.” Given the growing dangers associated with climate change and the ongoing impact of the carbon released through our consumption of coal, oil, and other fossil fuels, there may be some hope that the rest of the US will follow California’s lead on clean energy. But, is California truly influencing other states to adopt more solar power?
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The State of US Solar Power
As has been reported on many other blogs and website, solar power is enjoying a massive upswing in adoption around the world and here in the United States. Thanks to government and other adoption incentives, matured financing options, and steadily decreasing costs coupled with steadily increasing generation and storage capacity, installing solar panels on your home is more popular than ever and only getting more popular.
Big utilities are increasingly getting into the game across the United States, and many big consumers of power – amusement parks, server farms, government installations – are putting in their own utility-scale solar power plants to cut back or eliminate their dependence on conventionally generated power.
Solar power has become a major component of the fight against fossil fuel pollution and ongoing climate change. But, can the US truly become fossil fuel independent? more “A Guide to Solar Power in the US: Could the Country Be Fossil Fuel Independent?”