Solar power in Alabama

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Solar power in Alabama on rooftops can provide 20% of all electricity used in Alabama,[1] with 13,000 MW of solar panels.[2]

Offering net metering is required by federal law, but Alabama is one of only four states to not have adopted a statewide policy on net metering, which means it needs to be negotiated with the utility.[3] IREC best practices, based on experience, recommends no limits to net metering, individual or aggregate, and perpetual roll over of kWh credits.[4]

Alabama Power has installed four types of solar panels in Birmingham that can be monitored on the Internet.[5] The company will pay up to 4.81¢/kWh during the summer and 3.93¢/kWh in the winter for excess generation from up to 100 kW systems.[6] Peak power rates are weekdays, 1 to 7 pm in summer and 5 to 9 am in winter.[7] Customers choosing the Time Advantage Energy rate pay 7¢/kWh during winter peak periods and 25¢/kWh during summer peak periods. Off peak is charged 5¢/kWh. Using time advantage requires a time of use meter, and the base charge is increased by $10.50 each month.[8]

In 2010, one of Alabama's largest solar arrays was the 25 kW system installed at the Coastal Response Center, in Coden, Alabama.[9][10] A $250,000 economic stimulus grant was used to install 156 solar panels on Anniston's Museum of Natural History, which was completed on August 24, 2011.[11] The output of this 25.2 kW system can also be monitored online.[12]


Source: NREL[13]
Photovoltaics (MWp)[14][15][16][17][18][19]
Year Capacity Installed  % Change
2009 0.2 0.1 100%
2010 0.4 0.2 100%
2011 0.5 0.1 20%
2012 1.1 0.6 120%
2013 1.9 0.8 73%

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  1. ^ Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation
  2. ^ U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials pg. 12
  3. ^ Freeing the grid
  4. ^ Net Metering and Interconnection Procedures Incorporating Best Practices
  5. ^ Solar demonstration
  6. ^ Purchase of Alternate Energy
  7. ^ Time Advantage Rates FAQs
  8. ^ Time Advantage Rate
  9. ^ Community center now home to one of Alabama’s largest solar power systems
  10. ^ Realtime output
  11. ^ Alabama Focus on Solar Energy
  12. ^ Anniston Museum Energy and Power
  13. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  15. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 20. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  16. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2010). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 23. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  17. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  18. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  19. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26. 

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