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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