As solar power becomes increasingly popular in the U.S., many homeowners have jumped on the opportunity to adopt clean energy, and Georgia residents have been some of the quickest to make the switch.
According to data from the Solar Energy Industries Association, Georgia is one of the top solar adopters in the country, ranking ninth for overall residential solar panel installations. The question is, what are the top cities for solar in Georgia? Read on to find out.
Top 10 Cities for Solar in Georgia
Our research team narrowed down the top cities for solar energy in Georgia by looking at data from the SEIA as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s annual solar irradiance and Solar For All maps, local government websites and Environment America’s latest Shining Cities report.
Based on our findings, these are the top solar cities in Georgia:
It’s no surprise Georgia’s largest city tops the list of solar cities in the Peach State. Atlanta is ranked 43rd in the nation for total solar installation according to Environment America, and it has also been designated a SolSmart Gold City. This means that it is dedicated to making it easier, faster and more affordable for residents to switch to solar. Additionally, Atlanta has set a goal to use 100% renewable energy by 2035.
A small suburb of Atlanta, Clarkston makes our list of top solar cities in Georgia for a couple of reasons. First, it has a goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2050. And second, it’s located in DeKalb County, which has achieved SolSmart Bronze status.
Although it’s traditionally recognized as a college town with largely transient residents, Athens has been designated a SolSmart Bronze City for its commitment to making solar more accessible for permanent residents and homeowners. The greater Athens-Clarke County has a goal of using 100% clean, renewable electricity by 2035.
This SolSmart Bronze City has a goal of getting its municipal electricity from 100% renewable energy sources by 2035 and all other energy needs from 100% renewable energy by 2050. The city also has a community-based group-purchasing program called Solarize Savannah that helps residents get lower rates on solar panels, solar batteries and other clean energy technologies.