Residential solar installations speed up in Delaware

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 12:06 PM
posted by rene5432

California may absorb more sun than any other state, but new residential solar installations on the east coast have caught up, Rev Modo reports.

According to the news source, New Jersey recently usurped California as the king of solar, becoming the number one solar producing-state in the country. Now Delaware is fast on the Garden State's heels in the number of overall installations.

This growth, experts say, can be traced back to the several incentives that solar companies have benefited from. Delaware's Renewables Portfolio Standard, established in 2005, states that a certain percentage of total electricity must be derived from renewable sources.

Beginning that year, the program demands that 10 percent of all electricity in Delaware must come from renewable sources for 2025. The minimum was raised in 2007 to 20 percent, with 2 percent coming from solar.

The incentives have given way to rapid growth in solar installations, which continue to fall in price and offer residents cleaner electricity than power derived from fossil fuels.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Delaware ranked 15th among the top 20 states in America for new solar installations. 

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