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California is a leader on solar power, Environment California says

Antonio Villaraigosa, as mayor of L.A., and several officials were on hand to inaugurate the nation’s largest rooftop solar Feed-in Tariff program on the roof of the Oxnard Plaza Apartments in North Hollywood. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times / June 26, 2013)
By Patrick McGreevy

July 23, 2013, 9:08 a.m.

California is among a dozen states that have excelled through political will and public policy at producing solar power and should be examples for others on how to shift to renewable energy, according to a report released Tuesday by the group Environment California.

“The Dazzling Dozen states account for only 28 percent of the U.S. population but 85 percent of the nation’s installed solar electricity capacity,” concluded the study conducted by the Frontier Group and Environment America Research & Policy Center.

The report found that California leads the nation in cumulative solar electric installations.

It had the sixth highest cumulative capacity per resident and, along with states including Arizona, Colorado and New Jersey, “possess strong policies that are enabling increasing numbers of homeowners, businesses, communities and utilities to `go solar,’ ” the report said.


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