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Report: Solar Energy in California Has Grown Dramatically Over 5 Years

Solar energy generation in California increased 1,378 percent between 2009 and 2014, according to a report released by the California-oriented policy group Next 10 on Wednesday.

Wind energy generation and biomass increased by 155 percent and 10 percent, respectively. California also installed 3,266 megawatts of solar photovoltaic in 2015, making it a leader in solar installations. Grid-connected, utility-scale solar power provided 15,592 gigawatt hours in 2015, according to the report. In 2014, the average Californian’s monthly residential electricity bill was 20 percent lower than the national average.

California’s greenhouse gas emissions from surface transportation decreased by 0.8 percent between 2011 and 2014, despite an increase in the total number of vehicle registrations during the same time period. Additionally, zero emission vehicle registrations increased by 244 percent between 2012 and 2014 due to a 115 percent increase in all-electric vehicles and a 550 percent increase in plug-in hybrid cars.

“As the sixth largest economy in the world and an innovator in climate and energy policy, California is forging a decoupling between economic growth and carbon emissions per capita,” Next 10 founder F. Noel Perry said in a statement. “California is not only the fourth-most energy productive economy in the world, the state also leads in key clean tech indicators, like clean tech patents, and investment.”