Colorado Slips To 10th Place In National Solar Energy Rankings

Colorado has slipped in a national ranking of solar energy for the third year in a row, according to a study by Environment Colorado. The group analyzed the number of solar energy kilowatts in each state relative to its population size.

Colorado ranked 10th in 2014, down one slot from 2013. That’s despite the state requirement that utilities get more of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020.

In order to remain a solar energy leader, Colorado needs to think of renewable energy standards as a floor, not as a ceiling, says Anna McDevitt with Environment Colorado.

"So let’s blow past them," she said.

Critics of the state’s renewable energy standard say it's costing ratepayers too much for too little benefit.