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Best and Worst States Ranked for Solar Industry Growth

Learn more about where solar is thriving across the U.S.

For business

Aerial shot of a solar plant near Gila Bend, Arizona.
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Solar energy grew dramatically in the U.S. in the past decade while the cost of solar panels dropped by more than 50%. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. has over 4.2 million solar energy systems, equal to 149.5 gigawatts of solar installations. The solar industry also provides jobs to over 255,000 Americans, a number expected to rise quickly in the next few years.

Many states are racing to expand their solar markets, with billions allocated toward solar investments. Keep reading to find the top five states for solar in 2023, according to the SEIA. We’ll also outline which five states have had the least progress, so you can discover where the solar industry is thriving and which states need more investment and policies to support solar growth.