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Utility-scale solar is surging across the southeast

S&P Global Platts:

After climbing 15% in 2018, utility-scale solar capacity in the southeastern US is expected to surge another 25% this year, but the geographic concentration of such growth is driven more by policy than by the quality of the sunshine, S&P Global Platts analysis shows.

S&P Global Platts Analytics data show the region encompassing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee had about 5.6 GW of solar capacity in 2017. That is estimated to have grown to about 6.5 GW in 2018, surging to 8.1 GW in 2019 and almost 9 GW in 2020.

By 2021, the Tennessee Valley Authority plans to have 377 MW of solar capacity in Alabama and Tennessee to serve Google and Facebook data centers, TVA spokesman Scott Fiedler said.

“Our 2019 integrated resource plan, which provides direction on how to best meet the valley’s future energy needs, indicates solar growth up to 14 GW in our region over the next 20 years,” Fiedler said.

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