Data provided by the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA)
- 43 states have at least one community solar project on-line and 19 states have supportive policies and/or legislation in place.
- Many of the states leading the way are in the Northeast including Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey.
- As of the end of 2020, over 3.1 gigawatts of cumulative power has been installed – approximately enough to power all the households in Maine.
- It is expected that in the next five years the U.S. community solar market will add more than 4.0 gigawatts of additional capacity, roughly enough capacity to power an additional 770,000 homes.
- GTM Research projects that over 650 megawatts of community solar will be installed this year. A GTM report also finds that community solar could grow -20 -30 times by 2030.
- Three of the four states - Massachusetts, New York, and Minnesota - that currently lead in community solar installations, receive among the least sunshine in the country - demonstrating
that solar still works even in cloudy climates.
- For the more than 75% of Americans that can't install solar panels on their roof, community solar represents the only way to support and benefit from solar energy.
Community Solar Hitting Critical Mass