Published on August 25th, 2013 | by Amber Archangel8
Appalachian States — Solar Jobs Showdown — INFOGRAPHIC
Thanks to our friends over at renewableenergysolar.net, we have another exciting solar infographic. This time it’s a solar showdown between five Appalachian States. Here’s more from renewableenergysolar.net:
Appalachian Solar Showdown
The first of its kind, we are proud to present our Appalachian Solar Showdown. A showcase and comparative of five states within the southeastern and mid-Atlantic Appalachian region. We take a look at Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Much like our previous Solar Smackdowns, we compare the following five metrics: number of solar jobs (and ranking), number of solar homes (and ranking), grading of net metering policies, renewable portfolio standards (including solar carve-outs) and ranking of each state’s electric prices.
Let’s see how the states stack up…
I also found more information about the solar industry in the two leading states, Tennessee and North Carolina, from the Solar Energy Industries Association:
Facts on the Tennessee Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 129 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Tennessee, employing 2,300.
- In 2012, Tennessee installed 27 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 14th nationally. See solar state rankings.
- Tennessee ranks 17th in the country in cumulative installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 5,200 homes.
- In 2012, $84 million was invested in Tennessee to install solar on homes and businesses. This represents a 58% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
Facts on the North Carolina Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 111 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in North Carolina, employing 1,400.
- In 2012, North Carolina installed 124 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 5th nationally.
- The 259 MW of solar energy currently installed in North Carolina ranks the state 6th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 24,600 homes.
- In 2012, $16 million was invested in North Carolina to install solar on homes and businesses.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in North Carolina fell by 16% last year. National prices have also dropped steadily— by 13% from last year and 34% from 2010.