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2013 was a Big Year for Solar Energy in California

Now that the first week of 2014 has officially come to an end, it is time to reflect on all of the great things that 2013 has brought us, and all of the wonderful things that our society has managed to accomplish. Now as most of our readers already know, the state of California has long since been the front-runner for all things solar related over the past few years. However, we’d be surprised if recent statistics surrounding the state and this alternative form of energy don’t manage to astonish you.

2013 was a Big Year for Solar Energy in California | Longhorn Solar

According to an article from Clean Technica, California more than doubled its number of rooftop solar installations in 2013, going from a total of 1,000 megawatts to 2,000 megawatts. Considering the fact that it took the state over 30 years to build the first 1,000 megawatts of rooftop solar paneling, California has subsequently installed more solar panels over the last year than it has in the past 30 combined.

Regardless of whether the interest in solar panel installation is centered around an increased desire to find alternative energy solutions, or merely because the price of installations has become drastically more affordable over the years, California isn’t alone. As Bloomberg reports, “About 200,000 U.S. home and businesses added rooftop solar in the past two years alone – about 3 gigawatts of power and enough to replace four or five conventionally sized coal plants.”

So what does this mean for utility companies? Well there is a sense of worry throughout the industry. Every time one of their customers makes the decision to install solar panels on their home or adopts other method of energy efficiency, a utility will sell fewer units of energy. To compensate, utility companies will likely increase their prices to cover grid maintenance and labor costs. As their prices go up however, more and more customers will look to energy efficiency and distributed energy resources for relief. As such, the battling cycle between utilities and solar energy will continue.