The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy launched last week “Solar within the Southeast 2018,” its second annual report on photovoltaic enlargement. “Solar progress continues within the Southeast (including 65 p.c in 2018),” the report states.
The nonprofit in contrast the quantity of solar put in by every utility relative to the variety of prospects it serves, a measure described as watts per buyer.
“This evaluation in our second regional solar report shines a lightweight on the utilities and states that excel in sensible solar growth and demonstrates the big potential that continues to be within the Southeast for elevated solar improvement,” mentioned Stephen A. Smith, government director of Southern Alliance for Clear Vitality.
“Utilizing the unbiased watts per buyer metric, we’re additionally in a position to see which states and utilities are persevering with to fall behind and want a critical course correction to keep away from denying prospects the financial and environmental and advantages of fresh solar energy. We hope that the info offered on this report will proceed to function a useful device as utilities and regulators all through the area advance of their renewable power planning.”
Georgia and the state’s largest utility, Georgia Energy, are nonetheless regional leaders in photovoltaic, however different countries and are catching up and a few are pulling forward. For instance, the state’s watts per buyer photovoltaic ratio final yr of 280 is increased than the Southeast common of 269, however, would require “further ambition to keep away from falling under common by 2022,” they report.
The alliance suggests the Georgia Public Service Fee might demand new photovoltaic growth within the Georgia Energy 2019 Built-in Useful resource Plan, a required three-12 months plan that regulators started hearings about a final week, and maintain Georgia’s photovoltaic management.
Georgia Energy got here up fourth among the many massive utilities within the area with 426 watts of photovoltaic put in per buyer. That is down from the third final year. In first place is Duke Power Progress with 1,625 watts per buyer.