05 Apr '11, 11pm

Solar is contagious

Solar is contagious

This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's New Rules Project. Adam Browning of Vote Solar wrote about a recent study of the peer pressure effect of solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption. The study [PDF] notes that for every 1 percent increase in the number of installations in a single ZIP code, there's a commensurate 1 percent decrease in the amount of time until the next solar installation. As he writes, "solar is contagious!" I'm a data lover, so I thought it would be interesting to see what this looks like over time. If you start with a neighborhood with 25 solar installations, where it was 100 days between the 24th and 25th installation, this peer pressure effect will reduce the time between installations to just 10 days by the 250th PV project. Of course, this process takes a while to unfold. In fact,...

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