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Solar Energy Potential in the Southeast
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy continually tracks, researches, and analyzes the latest data available regarding renewable energy resources in the Southeast. Our review of eleven Southeastern states indicates that local energy resources are sufficient to fulfill an aggressive national mandate for renewable energy. These numbers are subject to updates and change as technology and markets continue to evolve. In the table below, we have listed the projected feasible annual solar energy (GWh) in Southeastern states. To read more about the data used and our modeling techniques, please read our full report, Yes We Can: Southern Solutions for a National Renewable Energy Standard.
Projected Feasible Generation Resources (GWh)
|State||Rooftop PV||Ground Mounted PV||Large Scale Solar Water Heating||CSP||Total|
Note: CSP feasibility limited to Florida due to need for direct incidence of sunlight.
State incentives such as sales tax exemptions on solar equipment and Public Benefit Funds can help provide the incentives necessary for helping to get small and large-scale solar projects started. In addition a federal renewable and energy efficiency portfolio standard can provide the support necessary to bring large-scale solar development to the Southeast.