When most people think about solar they think of the southwest, with its 350+ days of full-on baking sun. But SEIA, the U.S. solar energy trade association just released a report that puts the Peach State on the solar map. President Rhone Resch in the SEIA press release makes the case for solar expansion in the southeastern states:
Those who claim the U.S. does not have enough sun to power our nation are simply wrong. In Georgia, 23.6 percent of electricity could come from rooftop solar alone. As a policy investment, solar is one of the best values for putting Americans back to work and creating growth opportunities for utilities and small businesses alike in the Southeast and across the country.
The state of Georgia is primed to capture a good share of this market. With great solar exposure, dense population centers, over 24 existing manufacturers, installers and developers (PDF), and access to land for larger PV and solar thermal arrays, Georgia could eclipse Florida as the second-largest solar producer in the U.S.
Below is a map that compares the solar capabilities of Germany (about the size of the southeastern region of the U.S.) compared to out own:
Image: The National Renewable Energy Lab