The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has just instated the largest rooftop solar program of its kind in the U.S.—a feed-in tariff (FIT) of 17 cents per kWh. The program applies to commercial buildings and multi-family residential facilities with contracts up to 100 mW through 2016. Read more about the LADWP program here.
Programs like the LADWP FIT can only increase the overall use of clean energy in the U.S. According to the latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Energy Infrastructure Update, renewable energy capacity grew more than any one traditional energy resource–49.10% of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed in 2012. Check out the FERC report here.
Natural gas generation increased by 33.15%; coal by 17.09%; nuclear by .47%; oil by .19%. In addition to a combined increase of over 49%, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and water resources added over a quarter of the new renewable capacity in December alone.