Boston ranks 19th for solar energy among large cities

Study finds up to 15 percent of city’s electricity could be generated by rooftop solar

The amount of solar energy capacity installed in Boston has tripled since 2013, according to a new report.

“In cities like Boston, the sunlight hitting the roofs of our homes, businesses, and institutions is an abundant source of pollution-free energy,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts. “We’ve made progress in harnessing this energy, but there’s a lot more Boston can do.”

Boston ranked ahead of Philadelphia but behind Burlington, Vt., for installed solar capacity per capita at the end of 2018.

The report, Shining Cities 2019: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, is the sixth annual report from Environment America and Frontier Group ranking America’s large cities by the total and per-capita amount of solar energy capacity installed within city limits.

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