California has been leading the nation in the solar energy industry. In 2017, it is reported that 24,331 GWh was generated, which is 11.79% of the total electricity produced in the state. By the end of 2017, the total systems installed had the capacity to generate 11,229.9 MW.
1. Solar Panels in California Installations
By 2021, an additional 13,670 MW of capacity will be added to the state as well as adding 300 MW of solar power for disadvantaged and low-income communities. This is due to bill AB 693 passing in 2015.
2. Push for more Solar Power
Since California is mostly desert, the opportunity to support large-scale solar projects has been taken advantage of. For example, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have utility-grade solar projects that are in the process of being built.
Due to green initiatives, the abundant sunlight and the fact that the 30% federal tax credit is going to decrease at the start of 2020, many people residents have been more inclined to go solar.
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