Solar energy set to electrify Alabama’s economy

ALABAMA — Solar power is on track as a booming growth industry in Alabama’s economic future.

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield recently pulled together all the current solar power initiatives for a crystal-ball look into Alabama’s future electric generation.

This year, the Tennessee Valley Authority entered into a 20-year agreement to buy 80 megawatts of solar power from NextEra’s solar facility near Florence, and just last month Google and TVA reached a deal to develop a data center in Alabama powered entirely by alternative energy.

Alabama Power Co. recently announced plans to boost its renewable power options in a move that could allow the utility to offer more solar power.

“There continues to be growing demand for sourcing renewable energy in advanced manufacturing and technology-driven industrial projects,” Canfield said.

“I applaud the moves by Alabama Power and TVA in this direction,” he said. “These initiatives will complement their current offerings of cost-effective, reliable power and open up even more opportunities for new capital investment and job creation within Alabama.”

Alabama Power is seeking permission for as much as 500 megawatts of renewable generation. Alabama Power is seeking permission for as much as 500 megawatts of renewable generation.

To put that into perspective, 500 megawatts of solar power is enough to serve about 100,000 homes during an hour of peak sun intensity on cloudless days, Alabama Power said.

Source: Made in Alabama

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