Solar power is growing fast. These cities are shining the brightest.

Solar power is booming in dozens of major American cities.

Solar power is booming in dozens of major American cities.

“Shining Cities 2019,” researched by Environment America Research & Policy Center and released on April 9, found that solar energy capacity more than doubled in 45 of America’s 57 largest cities in the past six years. The report’s main event? The latest ranking of America’s top solar cities. Los Angeles topped the list for the second year in a row, and San Diego, Phoenix, Honolulu and San Jose rounded out the top five.

“Cities are rapidly adopting solar energy and driving the renewable energy transition across the country, bringing pollution-free power to our homes, schools and workplaces,” said Bret Fanshaw, director of our national network’s Go Solar campaign.

The report also found that solar is not just a Sun Belt phenomenon. Other leading cities include New York City, Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., Trenton, N.J., and Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Read the report.

Photo: Solar panels overlook the Tulsa, Okla., skyline from the Tulsa Central Library. Credit: Jared Heidemann, U.S. Department of Energy via Flickr (CC-BY-1.0)

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