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Which States Added the Most Wind and Solar Energy Over the Last Decade?

Posted by: Gideon Weissman on

Tags: Solar , Wind Energy

Over the last decade, clean energy has swept across the country. In July, Frontier Group released Renewables on the Rise, which tracked the growth of five key clean energy technologies – solar energy, wind power, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and energy storage – over the last decade.

Clean, renewable energy, once novel, is now a core part of America’s energy infrastructure. America produces 43 times more solar power than it did in 2007, now producing enough to power more than 5 million average American homes. And America produces seven times as much wind power as it did in 2007, now producing enough to power 21 million homes.

The 10 states that have led the nation in adding wind and solar energy since 2007 are listed below. For full rankings, and more information about the rise of clean energy, download the full report.

Top States for Solar Energy Increase 2007 – 2016 (GWh)

State 2007 Solar Generation 2016 Solar Generation Increase in Solar Generation, 2007 - 2016   Rank
 California  1,062  27,432  26,370  1
 Arizona  17  5,408  5,391  2
 North Carolina  1  4,016  4,015  3
 Nevada  65  2,918  2,853  4
 New Jersey  73  2,746  2,673  5
 Massachusetts  6  1,949  1,943  6
 Texas  5  1,108  1,103  7
 Georgia  -  1,076  1,076  8
 New York  16  1,067  1,051  9
 Utah  0.3  1,023  1,023  10

 

Top States for Wind Energy Increase 2007 – 2016 (GWh)

State 2007 Wind Generation 2016 Wind Generation Increase in Wind Generation, 2007 - 2016  Rank
Texas  9,006  57,551  48,544 1
Oklahoma  1,849  19,913  18,064 2
Iowa  2,757  20,049  17,293 3
Kansas  1,153  14,113  12,961 4
Illinois  664  10,627  9,963 5
Colorado  1,292  9,425  8,134 6
California  5,585  13,698  8,113 7
Minnesota  2,639  10,637  7,998 8
North Dakota  621  8,080  7,459 9
Oregon  1,247  7,163  5,916 10

 Photo credit: NREL