Solar power in Mississippi
Solar power in Mississippi is an underutilized generation method; however, large changes are expected by 2016. The state reached only 1 MW of grid-connected solar electricity in 2013. Rooftop photovoltaics can provide 31.2% of all electricity used in Mississippi from 11,700 MW of solar panels.
In 2011, the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Department of Energy which was providing investment in a coal gasification plant being built by Mississippi Power. In 2012 Mississippi Power had only 0.05% renewables in its power mix. In a settlement in 2014, Mississippi Power agreed to allow net metering, and to offer 100 MW of wind or solar power purchase agreements. Mississippi is one of only two states, along with Florida, to have no potential for standard commercial wind power, having no locations that would provide at least 30% capacity factor, although 30,000 MW of 100 meter high turbines would operate at 25% capacity factor.
Georgia Power which provides energy in southeast Mississippi has started a program to contract for 210 MW of solar power in 2014, possibly increasing to 525 MW. 100 MW would be from small scale distributed installations.
Offering net metering is required by federal law, but Mississippi 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.
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- Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment
- Sierra Club suing DOE over Kemper coal plant, Mississippi Business Journal, March 11,2011
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- Mississippi Wind Power
- Advanced Solar Initiative, Georgia Power
- Freeing the grid
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- Mississippi Solar