“Solar in the Southeast” Report

Kate Tracy | June 22, 2021 | Reports and Fact Sheets

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“Solar in the Southeast” illuminates the critical role of utilities in the growing southeastern solar market. 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. Consequently, the location of a home or business is the primary determinant not only of which utility will supply the electricity, but also the amount of solar within that portfolio.

To provide an equitable, unbiased comparison of various-sized utilities throughout the Southeast, SACE has ranked utilities on the basis of watts per customer (W/C) of solar power sourced to customers. SACE has also calculated and forecast total installed capacity of solar power (in megawatts, MW), particularly for state comparisons.

On Wednesday, June 23, SACE’s policy staff  hosted a webinar and live Q+A focusing on report highlights including:

  • Which utilities joined our SunRisers list and which joined the SunBlockers
  • States that have surpassed or are gaining traction on North Carolina’s solar lead
  • Policies behind solar progress
  • How the pandemic affected rooftop solar growth
  • How accountability and transparency factor into solar allocation
  • And more
Solar in the Southeast Report June 2021