When you think of solar energy, places like California, Spain, and Florida may come to mind; regions of the world blessed with sunny weather all year round.
In the absence of abundant sunshine, countries and states must typically leverage financial resources to boost solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption. Germany and Japan are prime examples of countries that owe much of their solar success to relatively high GDPs you can find out more.
But one state continues to defy conventional wisdom, proving that neither sunshine nor economic might is a prerequisite for solar PV dominance. Despite its relatively small size and mid-Atlantic location, Maryland became America’s 8th largest solar market in 2012. In just one year, it installed more than 74 MW of utility scale, residential, and commercial PV capacity.