Map Monday: Rooftop Solar Grid Parity

Here’s a map that crossed my desk this morning all about how affordable rooftop solar is becoming in many places around the US. (This comes from a big infographic out of the Union of Concerned Scientists…)

rooftop solar map

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Minnesota might be a bit slow with this particular technology. This time of year, the sun can’t shine its way out of a paper bag. I’d bet it also depends on the regional cost of energy.

How might a greater reliance on rooftop solar affect urban development patterns, both here and elsewhere?

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.