Alaska may not be the first state that comes to mind when the topic of solar power is mentioned. However, it had a little more than 3 megawatts of installed solar capacity by the end of 2018. This makes it ranked 50th overall and is enough power for 396 homes. The state has plenty of opportunities for more solar panel installations.
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Here are some key numbers about the state’s solar activity to date;*
- Almost 1 megawatt of solar capacity was added in the state in 2018. This was enough for a ranking of 48th for that year.
- Alaska has 14 solar companies which allow 66 people to be employed.
- The state invested approximately $3 million into solar projects in 2018. Cumulatively, the total is now about $11 million.
- Prices for solar in the state have dropped 47 percent over the past 5 years.
There are two upcoming solar projects in Alaska that will significantly increase the state’s solar capacity. One is 100 kilowatts and the other is 563 kilowatts. The first one, by Renewables IPP, is located in Willow. The second is by the Golden Valley Electric Association. Combined, they will increase the state’s total solar presence by 35 percent.***
The state does not currently have a renewable portfolio standard.
Net metering offers customers a credit for their excess generation at the “non-firm power rate”. System sizes are allowed to be as large as 25 kilowatts.**
About 8 solar installers now operate in the state. They can be found in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan.
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*Information and figures gathered from seia.org.
**Information and figures gathered from dsireusa.org.