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California holds nearly half of all solar permits in 2015, Midwest is lacking

Hawaii had over 100 installations per 1,000 residents in 2015
  • Out of the 325,000 new solar power systems added last year, nearly half were in California.
  • Seven out of 10 top solar metros were in California, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • Energy industry hub Houston saw a marginal estimated 0.18 installations per 1,000 residents in 2015.
  • The Northeast showed more signs of geothermal adaptation, at a 13.2 percent permit share.

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BuildZoom recently calculated the frequency of solar permits in the U.S., finding over 325,000 new solar power systems were added to homes last year, half of which were located in sunny California. While the Golden State remained the leader in solar sustainability, the Northeast held a 13.2 percent share of all solar permits -- up from 9 percent the year prior, according to BuildZoom. The Midwest remained the least geothermal focused in the report, with just 1.2 percent of solar permits in 2015, down from 3.2 percent in 2014. Solar permits in the South rose slightly last year, from 15.2 percent to 16.2 percent of all U.S. activity in 2015. The West, excluding California and Hawaii, grew from 13.9 percent to 15.1 percent. Highest solar permits per capita California continues to be the most solar-friendly state, holding 48.3 percent of all solar permits in the country in 2015. Seven out of 10 top solar metros were in California, BuildZoom says, including San Franc...