Yesterday (March 17), in part in promotion of GTM Research’s Grid Edge Live, the company unveiled its March Madness bracket to see which state will install the most home solar in the month of March. “Last year, solar analyst Cory Honeyman filled out a bracket to predict which states would install the most solar in 2015. Some of our readers wanted in on the action, so this year we decided to create our own March Madness competition,” GTM Research said.
The winner of the contest, whoever gets all the states right, in order—or whoever comes closest—will win a free ticket to Grid Edge Live in San Diego on June 24 and 25. The conference focusses on the issues facing utilities, technology vendors, advanced energy consumers and regulators as more renewable energy comes online throughout the U.S.
To participate and demonstrate your forecasting chops, download the bracket here and fill it out. To help participants get started the company is providing a list of the top 16 states for residential solar installations last year in the bracket—though they’re listed by alphabetical order.
The overall solar leader from last year was California, followed by North Carolina, then Nevada and Massachusetts. So while the most populous state and one of the most renewably progressive states dominated, there’s a lot of space for other states to compete. After all Nevada is relatively sparsely populated despite its size and Massachusetts, conversely, is one of the smaller states despite its relatively high population base. The diversity of states in the top 10 show that it’s a combination of factors that make a state a leader in solar. Major factors include state incentives like net metering, electric prices, state policy and the solar work force.
The recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report’s executive summary, which also is available for free download here, also shows the total amounts of PV installed in each of the biggest state markets and information about previous years for the top 10. However, that data covers all PV installations in the states and doesn’t break out how much was commercial, for utilities or homeowners.
To participate email completed brackets to firstname.lastname@example.org (or fax it to (617) 941-4733).Tweet