December 7, 2012 – California has been in the forefront of the small-scale solar industry for decades, ever since rooftop solar was mainly associated with off-the-grid alternative lifestyle types. In recent years, as the benefits of solar and the threat of climate change each become more obvious, other states such as New Jersey and Arizona have challenged California’s dominance. That’s a good thing, as much as it may tweak Californian pride. But according to one group of industry analysts, California is likely to regain its lead in the next year, and the credit goes to our strong incentives. The San Mateo-based solar market research group NPD Solarbuzz this week announced that California’s share of the country’s on-grid solar PV market will surpass 50 percent again in 2013, after dipping below 40 percent for the first time ever in 2010.