In 2014, not only was a quarter of California’s energy needs met by renewable forms of energy, but similar energy sources generated 20% of the state’s electricity that same year. The following year, the report found that California homeowners and business owners installed 3,266 megawatts of solar photovoltaic panels – more than any other state in the country.
California is no stranger to being a solar industry leader. The state is home to several of the industry’s largest facilities and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council recognized California as the first state to generate more than 5% of its electricity from solar. Currently, it is fourth worldwide in electricity from renewable sources.
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