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Published on June 20th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Most Solar-Friendly States — 2013 State Solar Policy Rankings (Infographic)

June 20th, 2013 by  

legendThe folks over at Solar Power Rocks have gone through the solar policies of all 50 US states in order to rank them all. Solar Power Rocks’ overall grades for each state are based 60% on solar incentives (overal solar system payback time based on all incentives, feed-in tariffs, tax credits, utility and state rebates, etc.), 20% on utility policies (whether or not the state has a renewable portfolio standard / renewable energy standard, the strength of that RPS/RES, and electricity rates), 10% on interconnection policies, and 10% on net metering policies.

For a quick glance at the results, here’s a colorful infographic from Solar Power Rocks (note the color legend on the top-right corner of this article):

top solar power states policies

For another look at the ranking criteria, here’s a pie chart:


And for a detailed breakdown of how the states performed on each criteria, here’s a colorful spreadsheet (click to enlarge — still hard to read):

solar spreadsheet

For a more detailed write-up of each state’s solar policies, check out the full Solar Power Rocks article on the rankings, where you can click through on details for each state.

Interestingly, I’m on the verge of reporting per capita solar power capacity state rankings. They won’t match up perfectly with these solar policy rankings, but I bet there will be some overlap. Stay tuned to CleanTechnica for those exclusive rankings.

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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