Last week Los Angeles’ star again shone brightest in the nation as the city with the most solar power in the US. At the same time pro-solar bills are moving forward in multiple states. NextEra Energy announced that it is JinkoSolar’s partner in a massive purchase of solar panels and will allow the manufacturer to make panels in the US.
In the latest Shining Cities report by Environment America Los Angeles has taken first place. The city reassumed the top spot after losing it to San Diego last year. Los Angeles now has 349 megawatts of solar power while San Diego has 287 megawatts. The report focusses on the top cities for solar power in the US. Currently eight US cities have more than 100 megawatts of solar power installed.
Pro-solar bills are working their way through numerous states, including New Jersey and South Carolina. The bills in New Jersey would stabilize the solar industry there and set forward a system for implementing new solar incentives. Meanwhile the bill in South Carolina would lift caps on net-metering that would allow more homeowners to go solar. Both bills are supported by the solar industry.
While China’s JinkoSolar announced that it had a partner making a major purchase of solar panels in the US allowing it to bring a manufacturing facility to Florida. Last week NextEra Energy announced that it was the partner that made the agreement to purchase 7 million solar panels from the Chinese company. However, the size of the manufacturing facility and the amount of people it will employ is already lower than JinkoSolar originally announced.
While investments in clean energy continue to grow worldwide, for the first time 2014 CO2 emissions went up as well. That’s according to reports from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). BNEF’s 'State of Clean Energy Investment' report found that renewable energy and energy-smart technologies investments grew to $333.5 billion, up 3 percent from 2016. That results in 160 gigawatts of new renewable energy installed worldwide—a record, 98 GWs of which was solar power.Tweet