Solar power in Mississippi

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Solar power in Mississippi is an underutilized generation method; however, large changes are expected by 2016. The state reached only 1MW of grid-connected solar electricity in 2013. One study found that PV on rooftops can provide 22% of all electricity used in Mississippi.[1]

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.[2] In 2012 Mississippi Power had on 0.05% renewables in its power mix. In a settlement in 2014, Mississippi Power agreed to all net metering, and to offer 100MW of wind or solar power purchase agreements.[3] 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.[4]

Georgia Power which provides energy in southeast Mississippi has started a program to contract for 210MW of solar power in 2014, possibly increasing to 525MW. 100MW would be from small scale distributed installations.[5]

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.[6][7]


Source: NREL[8]
Mississippi Grid-Connected PV Capacity (MW)[9][10][11][12][13][14]
Year Capacity Change % Change
2009 0.1
2010 0.3 0.1 200%
2011 0.6 0.3 100%
2012 0.7 0.1 17%
2013 1.0 0.3 43%

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  1. ^ Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation
  2. ^ Sierra Club suing DOE over Kemper coal plant, Mississippi Business Journal, March 11,2011
  3. ^ Mississippi Power unopposed to net metering, eyes 100 MW RE procurement], pv magazine, 11 August 2014
  4. ^ Mississippi Wind Power
  5. ^ Advanced Solar Initiative, Georgia Power
  6. ^ Freeing the grid
  7. ^ Mississippi
  8. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  10. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 20. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  11. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2010). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  12. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  13. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  14. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26. 

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