California Solar Facts
There are currently more than 1,566 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in California, employing 43,700. In 2012, California installed 1,045 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 1st nationally.
The 3,322 MW of solar energy currently installed in California ranks the state 1st in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 717,600 homes. In 2012, $2.6 billion was invested in California to install solar on homes and businesses.This represents a 31% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year. Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in California fell by 19% last year. National prices have also dropped steadily— by 13% from last year and 34% from 2010.