Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York: residents of these states can expect prime opportunities to go solar in 2011, as these five state's governors have made solar energy production and solar technology development a top priority for the new year and beyond.
Since the inauguration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2007, the state has installed 29.8 megawatts (MW) of solar energy capacity, ranking it behind only California and New Jersey when it comes to states with the most installed solar capacity. With such an increase in solar capacity during his first term, it would have been easy for the state's governor, Deval Patrick, to call it a job well done, satisfied for at least a few years with the state's progress.
In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has been a proponent of renewable energies from the beginning of his term, and a new press release from the governor's office shows he's still committed. What he proposes is moving towards building codes that mandate the use of at least some solar power for buildings greater than 50,000 square feet (big box stores and malls, not that there's been much construction of either, lately). Patrick is also pushing a voluntary building code that municipalities could vote in for stricter energy conservation guidelines; this code should be available to municipalities in the state sometime next year. These measures are amorphous right now: the high efficiency building code is completely optional and the press release doesn't offer any details about how solar for big construction projects will be incentivized more than it is already.