The Rapid Growth of Rooftop Solar

The growth of solar energy in America is simply stunning. Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans have already gone solar.

The costs of solar panels have dropped 80 percent from 2007 to 2012. The solar industry supports 125,000 jobs nationwide, and 43,000 in California alone with solar panel initiatives being one of the main drivers behind that vibrant job growth.

One of the key reasons rooftop solar has grown so quickly is because of state level net-metering programs.

A report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration based on 2012 data found that the number of residential energy customers that participate in solar rollover credit programs (commonly referred as “net energy metering”) has grown almost 60-fold since 2003.

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