New Report Shows Solar Deployment in Cities is “Expanding Rapidly”

A new report shows how cities have played a crucial role in rapidly expanding solar power. The U.S. now has enough solar capacity to power more than one in every ten homes.

An Environment America and Frontier Group report published earlier this week shows that since 2013, 50 cities have more than doubled their deployment of solar. The report notes that in 2013, only eight cities could be deemed “Solar Stars,” meaning they had more than 50W of solar PV per capita. In 2019, 26 cities received that title. In this years report Baltimore rounds out the list of “Solar Leaders” with over 25W per capita and a ranking of 38 out of the 50 cities surveyed for per capita deployment. The City ranks 30th overall. Maryland is placed the “South Atlantic” region in which Washington D.C. and Wilmington Delaware lead in solar capacity per person.

From the report:

Of the 57 cities surveyed in all seven editions of this report, 89 percent more than doubled their total installed solar PV capacity between 2013 and 2019. 44 percent of the surveyed cities more than quadrupled their installed solar PV capacity over that period. Seven cities on this year’s list have more solar PV capacity installed than the top city, Los Angeles, did in 2013.

Read the full report for more information.