Forty-nine years ago today, 20 million Americans celebrated the first Earth Day – a time to express concern for the environment. Most had never heard of global warming, and green energy wasn’t a thing. Things have changed, but Earth Day 2019 provides a great time to look at how states have responded – particularly in the generation of electricity.
That’s why Choose Energy® will take a look at the top 10 states – in most cases – for solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal generation of electricity, according to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Solar – the sun shines on California
No surprises when it comes to solar power. California tops the rest of the states in generation of electricity from solar power – by a wide margin. It generates more than four times the power of the next state. That’s not likely to change, given state laws requiring solar panels on new construction.
Here are the top 10 states for solar generation and how much they produce in thousand megawatt hours: