In California, San Diego and San Jose lead the way in the Golden State's push toward making solar a prevalent source of power throughout the state. But at a smaller scale, there's plenty of variation (and competition) among California municipalities.
Case in point is Orange County -- or, more familiarly, OC.
According to data provided by the California Solar Initiative (CSI), Laguna Beach ranks third among all cities in Southern California's Orange County in total number of solar homes. This information was relayed by The OC Register, which got the numbers from SunRun, a provider of solar installation services and solar leases that operates in several states, including California.
Laguna Beach solar has reached the rooftops of roughly 80 homes. Relative to the 25,000 or so Laguna Beach residents, this means about 0.8 percent of the city's homes are now solar-powered. Within the Orange County solar market, only the cities of Los Alamitos and Villa Park, where roughly 1.5 homes are solar-powered, outmatch Laguna Beach.
What's ahead? The CSI has already helped to install about 350 megawatts (MW) of solar energy in California. In the years to come, the initiative is expected to install enough solar capacity to produce an additional 3,000 MW, likely meaning that the number of Orange County solar installations will continue to rise steadily.