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] This scenario is extremely unlikely though because the cost of electricity in Oklahoma is among the lowest in the nation.

Net metering[edit]

Net metering is available to all consumers generating up to 25kW installed behind a single meter. The 25kW limit is more than adequate for the typical home. Solar systems sized above this limit can create subsidies from consumers without solar installations. [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]

Combined solar, wind, and battery storage plans[edit]

In July 2019, the Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) announced plans for the largest combined wind, solar, and energy storage project in the US, 250 MW solar energy project, Skeleton Creek Solar, a 200 MW, 4-hour battery energy storage project, Skeleton Creek Storage, and a 250 megawatt wind farm, Skeleton Creek Wind. The solar and battery facilities are slated to come online in 2023.[5]

Solar challenge[edit]

In 2010, the American Solar Challenge, a solar car race, ran from Oklahoma to Illinois.[6]


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.[7]

Source: NREL[8]
Grid-Connected PV Capacity (MW)[9][10][11][12][13][14]
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%
2016 7.7 2.5
2017 31.7 24
2018 45.7 13
2019 49 3.3

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. ^ Dzikiy, Phil (2019-07-29). "EGEB: Largest US wind/solar/storage project set for Oklahoma, energy efficiency bill, and more". Electrek. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
  6. ^ American Solar Challenge 2010
  7. ^ Renewable Energy Technical Potential Archived 2012-09-15 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  9. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
  10. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  11. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  12. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
  13. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26.
  14. ^ Oklahoma Solar

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