Solar Power Trends — depends on the State

Pshaw! California. It's just a state full of liberal treehuggers! - source: New York Times, 1/25/12

The graph is part of an article on solar trends in the U.S. talking mainly about California.  Pshaw! California. It’s just a state full of liberal treehuggers!

I recommend the entire web report.  On page 20, Appendix C, there is state by state data for ’09, ’10 and Cumulative Installed Capacity.  I want to do some comparison with political data — just for fun, of course, because I really loved my statistics class (fyi, that’s a joke).

Some questions for discussion:

  1. What state do you live in and what are your thoughts on your state and solar?
  2. What do you think I’ll find with my political comparison?  Shall we take bets (Do I hear $10,000 anyone?)? 
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2 responses to “Solar Power Trends — depends on the State

  1. I’m on the way out the door to work so cannot read the full article at the moment. But I will. Just wanted to comment quickly, though, that I live in New Mexico. We rarely ever have a day that is cloudy from sun-up to sun-down. And the power of the sun at this altitude is very strong. I am clueless as to why this state has not converted to solar energy. We definitely have the sun to do it.

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