Solar Power: How Does Somerville Compare?
Somerville is ranked 68th for solar power generating capacity in the state, 74th for its number of solar panel installations and 241st in terms of per capita solar power generating capacity, according to recent report.
Among the largest communities in Massachusetts, Springfield, New Bedford, Lowell, Brockton, Cambridge, Boston, Lawrence, Worcester and six other municipalities can produce more solar energy per capita than Somerville.
This is according to a recent report, "Massachusetts' Solar Leaders," written by the Boston-based Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center. The report takes a look at how cities and towns across the state compare when it comes to producing solar energy.
The results for Somerville are, well, you be the judge.
Somerville is number 15 on the list of "solar photovoltaic capacity per capita" among communities with a population of 50,000 or more.
Photovoltaic systems are what we commonly refer to as solar panels.
Among all the cities and towns studied in the report—about 333 of them, out of the 351 cities and towns in the state—Somerville ranked 241 in per capita solar capacity.
Here are some of Somerville's other numbers when it comes to solar power:
- Somerville is ranked 68th on the list of solar generating capacity (the city's photovoltaic generating capacity is 421.8 kilowatts)
- Somerville is ranked 74th for the number of solar installations it has (Somerville has 18 photovoltaic installations)
- Somerville is ranked 241st on the list of per capita solar generating capacity (its solar capacity is 0.006 kilowatts per capita)
- Somerville is ranked 296th for solar installations per 1000 residents (with 0.2 photovoltaic installations per 1000 residents)
Cambridge, for instance, has a solar energy generating capacity of 1196 kilowatts (ranked 15th), has 77 solar installations (ranked 6th), is able to produce 0.011 kilowatts per person (ranked 176th), and has 0.7 installations per person (ranked 192nd).
To check out the whole report, visit the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center website.