Ideally Suited for Solar Energy Generation
Oklahoma isn’t just an energy giant, we’re a renewable energy leader with the nation’s third-largest production of wind power. We are ready to lead in solar too. Oklahoma’s centralized location provides cost advantages to solar manufacturers for their supply chain and product transportation, and gives companies easy access to consumer markets across the U.S., Mexico and Canada via the state’s port and interstate system infrastructure.
Oklahoma Quick Facts
- Solar energy in Oklahoma can provide 44.1% of all electricity used in the state from 19,300 MW of rooftop solar panels according to REL.
- 4000+ manufacturers across the state, ready to supply materials, components, services and more.
- Mesonet is a world-class network of environmental monitoring stations, collecting and tracking detailed solar data in Oklahoma for over 10 years.
- 3.7 megawatts of solar capacity were installed in Oklahoma in 2015.
- 3,000+ sunny hours a year in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma’s Solar-ready Workforce Programs
- The Public Service Company of Oklahoma has partnered with the University of Tulsa to install 936 polycrystalline photovoltaic panels that are expected to produce up to 400,000 kilowatt-hours of energy a year.
- Oklahoma’s nationally-recognized CareerTech centers offer specialized training to prepare students for careers in the solar industry and teach technical skill sets that form the foundation for solar array installation and maintenance technicians. CareerTech will customize programs to meet your company’s specific needs.
- Specialized renewable and sustainable energy degree programs are offered through Oklahoma State University (OSU), OSU-OKC, Rogers State University, Tulsa Community College and the University of Tulsa.
- Oklahoma’s colleges and universities graduate an average of more than 200 electrical and electronics engineers and more than 150 construction and engineering technology/technicians per year – a 53% increase from 2011 to 2015.
- The National Weather Center is a confederation of federal, state, and academic organizations that work together in partnership to improve understanding of events occurring in Earth’s atmosphere over a wide range of time and space.
Let’s work together
Oklahoma is at the center of the global energy industry. Join our state of success. Contact us today to get started. Call the Oklahoma Team at 800-588-5959.