California continues to be the leading solar market in the US. Solar has been on the rise in recent years, and has substantially improved California’s economy. Solar production is increasing which creates lower product and installation costs for consumers. The California state incentives to transition to solar have also helped drive it’s increasing economic influence. In order to sustain growth in the solar industry, legislation needs to maintain long-term policies that encourage renewable energy production. The good news is that the majority of upcoming California representatives hold strong bipartisan support for solar.
Going Solar enables home and business owners become independent from utility companies. Using solar power protects individuals from the rising utility costs, and with fossil fuels becoming more scarce, utilities prices will only continue to increase. The sun cannot be taxed or tariffed, and its energy has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time. Using the sun to our advantage will not only help protect our precious planet, but it also allows individuals to become less reliant on the finite supply of fossil fuels.
With solar on the rise, production must meet the demand. This means more systems will have to be designed, more materials will need to be manufactured, and installations will increase. This creates jobs within the solar industry and boosts the employment rate within the renewable energy sector. The solar industry employment growth rate has already surpassed the national average.
According to SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association):
- There are currently more than 2,336 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in California, employing 75,600 people
- In 2015, California installed 3,266 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it first nationally
- The 13,243 MW of solar energy currently installed in California ranks the state first in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 3,319,000 homes
- In 2015, $7.268 billion was invested on solar installations in California
- Installed solar photovoltaic system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 6% from last year and 48% from 2010
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“California: Renewables Portfolio Standard”. Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
http://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/california. Retrieved 2016-05-27.