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Understanding Solar Power Adoption Across America

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Solar power continues to expand across the United States, with significant growth observed in both large-scale and smaller-scale installations. Currently, large-scale solar power accounts for approximately 4% of the nation’s electricity generation, nearly doubling in capacity over the past year.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, Americans have varying perceptions of solar panel installations in their communities. The survey revealed that:

  • Home Solar: 18% of Americans perceive solar panels on homes as extremely or very common, with an additional 31% considering them somewhat common.
  • Building and Parking Lot Installations: 13% find solar panels on buildings or in parking lots extremely or very common, while 26% view them as somewhat common.
  • Large-Scale Solar Farms: Only 8% believe large solar panel farms are extremely or very common, and 18% see them as somewhat common. However, a majority (64%) view large-scale solar developments as not too or not at all common.

Geographically, the survey highlighted significant regional differences. Western states lead in the adoption of home solar panels, with approximately one-third of residents considering them extremely or very common. In contrast, Midwesterners report the lowest prevalence, with just 6% perceiving home solar panels as common.

These perceptions align closely with actual solar panel installation data, as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey. The West leads in small-scale solar installations, followed by the Northeast, the South, and the Midwest, reflecting regional differences in solar adoption.

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