Category: Solar Energy in Oklahoma

Solar power is growing in rural areas of Oklahoma and the U.S.

As Ron Hays at the Oklahoma Farm Report notes, more farmers in the U.S. are taking advantage of solar power for their electricity needs. Federal tax credits and lower costs are spurring more solar growth in rural areas. While Oklahoma does not have much commercial solar development, it is growing. OGE has created three solar …

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Intel Boasts of Growing Solar Power at its campuses

While solar power development is only in occasional use in Oklahoma, it’s growing in some states to the southwest. Intel reports it now has enough solar panels to cover 52 regulation football fields or 47 full-size soccer fields. In a recent announcement, Intel estimated it has installed 3 million square feet of solar arrays at …

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Energy Savings Reported at Solar Rooftop Program at Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas

A solar rooftop program for homes at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas is reporting first-year energy cost savings. Balfour Beatty Communities, the firm that installed the photovoltaic panels on home roofs in the Sheppard AFB Homes community says the savings were more than $30,000. Sheppard AFB Homes is a Balfour Beatty Communities …

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OGE Brings Second Solar Power Plant Online

OGE has brought online its newly-completed 10-megawatt solar power plant in Covington located in northwest Oklahoma. The company said the entire 12.5 megawatts of generating capacity produced by solar power in its two operations resulted in bringing the Covington project into operation. The 80-acre Covington solar operation, located southeast of Enid is the site where …

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Massive Solar Farm Opens in SW Missouri

A solar farm that would dwarf Oklahoma Gas and Electric’s Mustang solar farm in Oklahoma City has been opened in southwest Missouri. The Nixa Solar Energy Farm features 33,000 panels and is the largest of its kind in Missouri. OGE’s Mustang solar farm has 2,000 fixed and 8,000 sun-tracking panels which generate enough electricity for …

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Solar Farm to Help Power Air Force Base in New Mexico

A huge solar farm will be constructed to help provide electrical power to the Holloman Air Force Base near Alamagordo, New Mexico. The Air Force will work with El Paso Electric to build the 5-megawatt plant which will be the utility’s first renewable energy project built for a military installation. The plant will be made …

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Worker’s Death Shuts Down Covington Solar Plant Jobsite in Garfield County

A Garfield County jobsite was shut down Monday morning after the death of a contractor, according to a news report by KWTV-9. The incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. when the worker became pinned underneath a trenching machine. The site is located near Longhorn Trail and Highway 74. The 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant at Moss …

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Energy Secretary Predicts Solar Power Will Grow in Oklahoma

What’s the next energy potential for Oklahoma?  Solar. At least that’s the opinion of Michael Teague, Oklahoma’s Secretary of Energy and Environment. It’s what he told the Northwest Oklahoma Alliance networking luncheon this week in Woodward according to the Woodward News. “I think solar is the next potential for Oklahoma,” said Teague. “Look at how …

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OKC Obtains Solar Energy Growth Recognition

Oklahoma City has been recognized nationally for its efforts to promote solar energy. The city has been awarded a bronze designation by SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative. The honor was for the city’s efforts in making it easier for people to choose solar energy options. “Solar energy is …

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While Oklahoma Targeted the Wind Industry Tax Credits, Louisiana Did the Same Over Solar Credits

While the move by the Oklahoma legislature to sunset some of the tax credits for the wind industry took effect July 1, hundreds of millions of dollars in other tax credits remain for the state. But one state is doing something to clear its backlog of credits. Louisiana plans to spend $15 million eliminating tax …

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