SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -
On this Earth Day, alternative energy advocates are touting Vermont's recent rankings when it comes to solar power.
They say it's still increasing in popularity in the state. Though they also admit the upfront costs are high. Installing panels for a standard house costs on average about $28,000. But they say loans and tax credits make that cost lower, and homeowners make back their investment through energy savings within a decade.
"Vermont actually just became two months ago number one in solar jobs per capita. And even in solar hot water, we're only second to Hawaii in terms of how many solar hot water systems have been installed in Vermont," says Gabrielle Stebbins with Renewable Energy Vermont.
A new net metering law also makes it easier for people to sell excess electricity back to the grid through 2017.