HONOLULU - A new report touts Hawaii as a leader in solar energy.
The report released Tuesday by Environment America ranks Hawaii third in the nation per capita for solar installations. The group says Hawaii's solar capacity last year grew by 57 percent, bringing it to a total of 191 megawatts.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the ranking demonstrates the state's commitment to achieving clean energy goals. He says barriers are being removed to allow more people to invest in and benefit from alternative sources of energy, such as solar.
There were 12 states profiled in the report. The group says they make up 85 percent of the nation's installed solar energy. Arizona was ranked first and Nevada ranked second.