In 2006, solar energy accounted for 0.01% of the energy generated by the electric power industry in the United States, about 507,000 megawatt-hours. By 2019, that had vaulted to 71,936,822 megawatt-hours, or 1.74% of the production. Of the total solar energy produced in the country in 2019, New Jersey generated 1,164,721 megawatt-hours of it, placing it 12th among the states for production of the most solar energy, according to an analysis by Commodity.com, which used the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Electricity Power Data.
It’s probably no surprise that sunny California was the solar leader by a mile that same year, with an output of 28,331,513 megawatt-hours. Rounding out the top five states were North Carolina (7,451,338 megawatt-hours), Arizona (5,278,019), Nevada (4,810,511) and Texas (4,365,125).