California, long a leader in environmental innovation and implementation, has passed some recent laws that mandate greenhouse gas emissions reductions. One way California can achieve that goal is to install solar panels (also known as photovoltaics, or PV for short) on the rooftops of homes, businesses, and everywhere else conceivable.
To date, California has installed some 280 Megawatts of PV power that is connected to the electricity grid.
On average, a megawatt powers about 240-300 homes, or enough for 700 people. So California has enough installed PV to fully support the energy needs of about 200,000 people.
Here’s how the map should be interpreted:
– The orange circles show the total PV output in a given zip code.
– The heat map displays the per capita PV output.
– looking at both of these variables you can see the places that have done a lot of PV installation and those that haven’t.
For example, I see some disparities between the richer and the poorer zip codes, a fact created by the high cost of installation and materials.
But that’s probably not the only story, so have a look! What do you see?
P.S. I’ll add the the zip code to the mouseover in the next iteration…