LA leads nation in solar power, Riverside is up and coming, report says

Los Angeles produces more solar power than any city in America, with San Diego a distant second, according to a new study that looked at sun-generated electricity in 57 U.S. cities from 2013-2018.

The City of Angels’ No. 1 ranking is part of an overall six-year growth trend in which solar energy doubled in 45 of 57 of America’s largest cities, according to the report: “Shining Cities 2019: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy” written by Environment America Research & Policy Center and released Tuesday.

One of the up-and-coming municipalities in solar energy is the city of Riverside, which was ranked No. 8 out of 22 cities across the nation for producing 50 or more watts of solar power per person as measured at the end of 2018, according to the report.

Riverside supplies a total of 45.3 megawatts of solar power, or 138.3 watts per person, just behind Indianapolis, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Burlington, Vermont, San Jose and San Diego. Honolulu is way out in front in per capita solar distribution at 646.6 watts.

The Inland Empire city also was one of 19 that quadrupled production from 2013-2018 and was the only city in California to make that list.

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LA leads nation in solar power, Riverside is up and coming, report says, by Steve Scauzillo, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, April 10, 2019.

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