While the above image may bring about memories of flash dance or some other 70s chic genre image I had no part of, those are actually grades for each of our 50 states across roughly 20 data points for residential solar energy. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been wrangling and wrestling with facts and figures, checking through sources, even on the phone with state representative offices in different parts of the country to get these numbers all settled in and ready for delivery. For who? For YOU!
Why the hell am I even bothering to do this? Well, besides the fact that it’s part of our mission to champion solar energy across the U.S. and world, it’s also our job to keep everyone updated on the state of solar legislative policy as well. Specifically, we asked the question, “In which states is an investment in solar energy a smart move?” To get at the answer to that and a bunch of others, we sourced a ton of data and I mean it, a lot of dizzying numbers, distilled them down to categories that provided meaningful impact on the solar industry, gave each category a weight, then scored all of the data points on a scale of 0-5, and finally tabulated grades.
We’re very pleased with the methodology and our results, and will be using them to update all of the state pages over the coming months. Aside from the decision-making course I am teaching again this fall at Portland State, updating all of our pages with a breakeven analysis and payback structure, replete with all the links you’ll need to get the ball rolling on your installation is my number one priority. We’ve created a great template for all of this information to be dispersed, and we’re quite pleased that we’ll be finally completely up to date in a matter of weeks!
Stay tuned in the coming days for the release of the first of ten sections of the report! Yes, I said ten! And it’s a damn fine kickoff, a visual piece of candy instead of a 70s dance floor. Which states pay back the fastest for solar energy? That question gets answered in a down-scrolling exercise of surprise and intrigue. We’re pumped to share the results!
Last modified: October 18, 2018