29 Jun '11, 7pm

Seven Communities Waiting for the Sun in Southeastern US

National Solar Power is looking to change that by building a solar farm five times bigger than any current installation, and they’re doing so in an area where solar has struggled to take root. The Florida-based company has narrowed its search to build a 400 MW solar farm down to seven communities in three Southeast states — four in Florida, two in Georgia and one in North Carolina. The Southeast has some of the nation’s lowest electricity rates , and two of the three finalists don’t have a Renewable Portfolio Standard — a government requirement that a certain percentage of the electricity must come from renewable energy sources. All but 17 states in the U.S. have an RPS, but the Southeast as a region has been hesitant to adopt these standards. Of the seven states that typically comprise the Southeast, only one — North Carolina — has adopted an RPS. Despite the lack of poli...

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