Oklahoma SOLAR NEWS
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 has some of the lowest tax rates and some of the best tax incentives in the nation.
Oklahoma’s pro-business environment and the Oklahoma Team’s services make our state a great place to do business in every industry. Learn more about our key industry sectors.
Oklahoma Quick Facts
- Oklahoma is ranked 6th in U.S. solar potential.
- 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.
- 28% of Oklahoma’s power comes from renewables. In 2016, Oklahoma had 2.9 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity installed.
- The Mesonet, a world-class network of environmental monitoring stations designed and implemented in Oklahoma by university scientists, collects and tracks detailed solar data 24/7.
- 3,000+ sunny hours a year in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma’s Solar-ready Workforce Programs
- 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.
- Solar jobs in Oklahoma City grew by 106% from 2015 to 2016. Officials believe it’s important to continue to find and support growth opportunities.
Completed & Upcoming Solar Projects
- Oklahoma Electric Coop’s Solar Garden is the first of its kind in an Oklahoma metropolitan area. Located at Interstate 35 and Highway 77, its 250 kilowatt (kW) output capacity is part of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative’s (WFEC, OEC’s wholesale power supplier) already impressive renewable portfolio.
- WFEC is installing a 4 MW solar farm in Tuttle, 1 of 18 projects. WFEC is adding almost 21 MW of solar across Oklahoma, which will substantially boost the use of this energy source within the state.
- Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. (OG&E) installed around 2,000 fixed solar panels and around 8,000 tracking panels in Central Oklahoma.
- OG&E announced another solar farm in Northwest Oklahoma. It will consist of more than 38,000 photovoltaic panels, sitting on 80- acres and will generate 10 MW of power.
- 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 kilowatthours of energy a year.
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.