Five Cities That Are Leading the Way on Solar Power

By Jonathan Deesing
Jun 30, 2016 12:30 PM ET

Solar power is rapidly expanding in the U.S. — by 2015, there was enough solar capacity to power 5.4 million American homes. And the nation’s major cities are leading the revolution to power their metropolises with clean energy and sustainable lifestyles.

Thanks to innovative policies, progressive legislation, and cheaper technology, a handful of cities are pushing for solar energy as their future. A 2016 report from the Environment America Research and Policy Center found that 6% of the country’s solar power comes from just 20 cities, which represent 0.1% of U.S. land area. Here are five cities that are leading the way in solar power:

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Jonathan Deesing is a Solar Power Specialist with When he's not studying up on new solar tech, you can find him in the backcountry putting it to the test.