Solar growth continues by 65 percent in 2018 in the southeastern states of the US, SACE
Post date: 18/04/2019 - 18:33
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), a regional nonprofit organization focused on transforming the way of producing and consuming energy in the Southeast of the USA, has published its latest report »Solar in the Southeast« which illuminates »the critical role of utilities in the growing southeastern solar market.« According to SACE, southeastern states, particularly Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, grant monopoly utilities, rather than a competitive marketplace, the responsibility and control over power supplies. The organization has ranked utilities on the basis of watts per customer (W/C) of solar power sourced to the customer.
Solar growth continues in the Southeast (adding 65 percent in 2018) to reach 8,035 MW. SACE anticipates that the region will surpass 10,000 MW in 2019 (19,000 MW by 2022, up from our prior projection of 15, 000 by 2021).
South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) emerged as a solar power player in 2018, joining Duke Energy Progress, Duke Energy Carolinas, and Georgia Power at the top of our leaderboard . Each of these utilities offers more than 400 watts of solar per customer (W/C), says the report. »Fellow Palmetto State utility, Santee Cooper, resides at the bottom of the board for both 2018 and our 2022 forecast.« Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced a bold commitment in 2019 that will propel it to solar leadership for the next decade.
Regarding the states, Florida (1.6 GW) is surpassing Georgia (1.4 GW) on installed capacity in 2018. »By 2022, we also forecast solar capacity in Florida to exceed that of North Carolina«, which stood at 3.2 GW.« Even with major announcements from Facebook and Google, Tennessee and Alabama exhibit less than half the regional average throughout SACE’s forecast period (2022).
2018 was »a banner year« for corporate leadership on solar (nationwide 2.8 GW) »and the Southeast was no exception,« says SACE. Facebook drove major solar commitments in Georgia (203 MW), Alabama (227 MW) and Tennessee (150 MW). Google announced projects for Tennessee and Alabama (150 MW each) and also joined with Target, Walmart, and Johnson & Johnson, to contract with Georgia Power for 177 MW of solar.