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Seattle lags behind in solar power among major U.S cities, new report reveals

Seattle remains behind its peers in installing solar power, ranking 35th nationwide for solar energy capacity (per capita). The results come from the sixth edition of Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, a new report released by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. It is the most comprehensive survey available of installed solar capacity in major U.S. cities.

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Shining Cities 2019

Our sixth annual survey of solar energy in America’s biggest cities finds that the amount of solar power installed in just 20 U.S. cities exceeds the amount installed in the entire United States at the end of 2010. Of the 57 cities surveyed in all six editions of this report, 79 percent more than doubled their total installed solar PV capacity between 2013 and 2018.

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Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010.[1] Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

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Mayors for Solar Energy

A letter from 180 U.S. Mayors, including four current and one former Washington Mayor, resolving to make solar energy a key element of their communities' energy plans.

News Release | Environment Washington

Washington State Ranking for Total New Solar Installations Ticks Up in 2017, Lags Many Other States

A new analysis released by SEIA/GTM Research shows Washington State ranks 27th for solar installations in the first quarter of 2017, up from its 28th place ranking for annual solar installations in 2016. Nationally, solar accounted for 30 percent of new energy capacity in that time.

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More Solar, More Solar Jobs in Eastern Washington in 2016

Solar energy and solar energy jobs in Eastern Washington continued to grow in 2016, according to new data from the Solar Foundation, with the potential to add much more. The percentage of jobs in the solar energy sector in Eastern Washington grew 26 percent in 2016.  

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Shining Cities

America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy. As population centers, they are major sources of electricity demand and, with millions of rooftops suitable for solar panels, they have the potential to be major sources of clean energy as well.

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Seattle Lags Behind Portland on Solar, But Sees Opportunity for Growth

Seattle lags behind other American cities on installed solar power, according to a new ranking released on April 4th by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. Seattle ranked 24th in total solar photovoltaic installed, and 32nd in per capita solar PV installed.

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As Legislature Considers Future of Solar Production Incentives, Residents Could See More Benefits From the Sun

A new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center finds that solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering from utilities.

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Shining Rewards

A review of 16 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering. Decision-makers should recognize the great value delivered by distributed solar energy by preserving and expanding access to net metering and other programs that ensure fair compensation to Americans who install solar energy.

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