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The 2010 Solar Power Rocks Report Card is On Deck!

Avatar for Dave Llorens
Published on 08/06/2010 in
Updated 10/18/2018

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!


– Dan

Last modified: October 18, 2018

2 thoughts on “The 2010 Solar Power Rocks Report Card is On Deck!

  1. Avatar for Eric Sandeen Eric Sandeen says:

    Any chance you’ll make the underlying spreadsheet available for download (or maybe viewable on google docs, etc?) – it’d be nice to see the nitty gritty of how you arrived at your grades.

    You’re tough teachers; I thought my Minnesota was doing pretty well, and we failed! (Side note, I hope that doesn’t prevent people from considering solar in MN, where I think it is quite viable, even if it’s not immediately profitable…)

    1. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:

      Hey Eric,

      Over the next couple of weeks, you’ll see in detail all of the nitty gritty datapoints which explain why each state scored the way it did. Stay tuned, this report has at least 8 sections!

      Yes, some of the things Minnesota has going on may seem pretty good, but when you compare what is happening in Minnesota to the other states (especially in the Northeast corridor) you’ll see a clearer picture of what drives solar forward, and what Minnesota needs to be more at parity with the rest of the states.

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