Solar power in Oklahoma

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Solar power in Oklahoma can provide 44.1% of all electricity used in Oklahoma from 19,300 MW of rooftop solar panels.[1]

Net metering is available to all consumers generating up to 100 kW, in one of the worst policies in the country, as excess generation could be lost monthly,[2] giving the state an F.[3] The primary reason to use net metering is to roll over summer generation to winter usage, which requires continuous roll over of excess generation. Net metering during the month does, however, allow generation during the day when all the lights are off and everyone is away to be used at night, after the sun has gone down. Since meters are read once a month, daily net metering is not reported. As more renewable energy is used, utilities have needed to become accustomed to incorporating local distributed generation.[4]

In 2010, the American Solar Challenge ran from Oklahoma to Illinois, a solar car race.[5]


There are no concentrated solar power (CSP) plants planned for Oklahoma, but the state has the potential to install 1,813,000 MW of CSP, capable of generating 5,068,036 million kWh/year.[6]

Source: NREL[7]
Grid-Connected PV Capacity (MW)[8][9][10][11][12][13]
Year Capacity Installed % Change
2010 <0.1
2011 0.2 0.1 100%
2012 0.3 0.1 50%
2013 0.7 0.4 133%
2014 1.5 0.8 114%
2015 5.2 3.7 247%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States
  2. ^ Oklahoma Net Metering
  3. ^ Freeing the Grid
  4. ^ What is Net metering?
  5. ^ American Solar Challenge 2010
  6. ^ Renewable Energy Technical Potential
  7. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 17. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  9. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  10. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  11. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  12. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  13. ^ Oklahoma Solar

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