RECENT STATE-LEVEL ACTIONS have driven continued solar investment and projects throughout the US. New legislation and initiatives have been lauded by industry advocates while solar deployments at utility, community, and residential levels continue to gather momentum.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York recently announced an authorization for 22 utility-scale solar projects. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Abagail Ross Hopper called it a “historic commitment to solar energy”. These 22 new projects will create thousands of jobs, generate billions of dollars, and bring affordable renewable energy to the residents of New York State.
Virginia has also signed a new omnibus energy bill designating 5.5GW of solar and wind energy. The bill also marks the modernization of the state’s power grid and spur renewable energy development. SEIA VP of State Affairs Sean Gallagher considered this a “great first step” for solar prospects in Virginia. By 2022, Virginia was projected to have an installed solar capacity of 2GW before this new law.
Saturn Power has also made its mark in the US. We recently brought 19.8MW AC of solar online in Oregon. Our Tumbleweed Solar Project and Chiloquin Solar Project each have a capacity of 9.9MW AC, and each span over 70 acres in Redmond and Chiloquin, respectively. These projects were developed from concept to construction by the Saturn Power team and each has a long-term power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp. Both projects were led by Mike Brugge, our Director of Engineering.
The continued growth and enthusiasm of solar at state-wide levels is extremely encouraging. Saturn looks to continue to work with our many partners in the US as we strive towards a sustainable future.
To learn more about the state-level actions the US has implemented in regards to solar, this article by Renewable Energy World provides some great insight.