Solar power in South Dakota

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Solar power in South Dakota has high potential but little practical application. The state ranked 50th among U.S. states in installed solar polar in 2015 with no utility-scale or large commercial systems.[1] Photovoltaic panels on rooftops can provide 38.7% of all electricity used in South Dakota using 3,800 MW of solar panels.[2] The state is ranked 14th in the country in solar power potential, and 4th in wind potential.[3]

Offering net metering is required by federal law, but South Dakota 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.[4][5]

A solar project in Pierre is expected to be online in 2017. It will cost $2 million and cover 5 acres.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Source: NREL[7]
Grid-Connected PV Capacity (MW)[8][9][10][11][12][13]
Year Capacity Installed % Change
2010 <0.1
2011 <0.1
2012 <0.1
2013 <0.1
2014 0.22 0.21
2015 0.24 0.02 9%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ South Dakota Solar, SEIA< accessed May 31, 2016
  2. ^ Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States
  3. ^ Frequently Asked Questions
  4. ^ Freeing the grid
  5. ^ South Dakota
  6. ^ City of Pierre paves way for $2 million solar panel project, Rapid City Journal by Associated Press, May 11, 2016]
  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. ^ South Dakota

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