Florida Leading Large Solar Power Growth In US Southeast

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2020 21:35:53 +0000

Published on June 27th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

June 27th, 2020 by  

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) has been promoting and tracking clean energy in the US Southeast for many years. It now puts out an annual Solar in the Southeast report. Along with state comparisons on megawatts of solar installed, policy, and other matters, SACE actually calculates and shares installed solar capacity per customer for states and utilities.

This year, some of the key findings regarding 2019 included:

Overall, there’s a lot of variation in the Southeast in terms of solar policy — with regard to legislation, regulations, and utility policy. “These either spur or stifle solar growth. Favorable examples include the Energy Freedom Act in South Carolina, Public Service Commission (PSC) decisions in Georgia, and utility innovation in Florida. Adverse policies continue to emerge from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), like sunsetting the once exemplary Green Power Provider program.”

Utilities in the dog house, “SunBlockers,” according to this new report are Seminole Electric, North Carolina Electric Cooperatives, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

“Policies matter. Enabling legislation in North and South Carolina continues to propel the top three: Duke Energy Progress (DEP), DESC and Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC). Early regulatory leadership by the Georgia PSC established a successful market for solar in the Peach State and continues to sustain that momentum for Georgia Power with another 2,210 MW of solar in its current Integrated Resources Plan (IRP).

“Tampa Electric continues fulfillment of a prior, voluntary 600 MW solar commitment. Progress to-date places that utility above the region average of 325 MW. Additionally, it has recently announced a further expansion (another 600 MW by 2023) which earns it the number two slot on our 2023 forecast, as well as a third consecutive year on our SunRiser list.”

The bulk of solar power capacity in the Southeast comes in the form of utility-scale solar power, an issue we’ve addressed in depth in the past here on CleanTechnica and will soon publish about in a solar report.

For more, including detailed one-pagers on each state, check out the full report. It’s free!

You can also watch a webinar for the report here:

All images courtesy SACE.

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