Wyoming is slow to get on the solar train and currently ranks 48th nationally for solar capacity installed as of 2014, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The state invested $1 million in solar in the same year, hoping to get alternative energy off the ground. With the low cost of installing solar panels and favorable levels of sunlight, the trend towards solar could grow.
To determine a grade for each state, our researchers and solar experts analyzed data on crucial solar-advancement criteria from the following sources:
- Rebates, Tax Credits, and Tax Exemptions from Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency;
- Electricity Rates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration;
- Renewable Energy Policy from NC Clean Energy Technology Center;
- Interconnection Ease from Freeing The Grid;
- Photovoltaic Potential from the Energy Department
We determined a rank from 1 to 10 for each state in each category. We then combined the scores with the following weights and assigned an overall grade for each state. Our goal is to encourage those considering solar for their homes to get a basic understanding of solar potential in their areas and discover the best opportunities for clean energy available.
Incentives & Rebates, 40%
Electricity Rate, 15%
Renewable Energy Policy, 30%
Interconnection Ease, 5%
Photovoltaic Potential, 10%
How Expensive is Electricity in Wyoming?
Part of the resistance to go solar in Wyoming could have to do with the reasonable electricity costs in the state. In the third quarter of 2015, residential prices hovered around $.11/kWh, which is close to the national average. Prices have increased in recent years, from $.09/kWh in 2011. While fluctuations in price might encourage solar installation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that the state has the third lowest average electricity cost.
Cost of Residential Electricity
Data from U.S. Energy Information Administration
*as of Q3 2015
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Solar Policies & Incentives in Wyoming
Wyoming electric utilities are required to provide net metering. Beyond that incentive, there are no other programs that promote renewable energy in the state. Unlike many other states, Wyoming has not adopted a renewable portfolio standard with goals toward increasing usage of renewable energy sources. However, this is not surprising considering that Wyoming is the top coal producing state in the nation and has large fossil fuel resources, according to the EIA. And while it continues to increase the amount of wind power it produces, there are few incentives for residents to adopt solar power.
State law created interconnection standards for alternative and renewable energy generators up to 25 kW in capacity.Net Metering:
Requires net metering to be provided by electric utilities for renewable energy generators up to 25 kW along with credits per kWh for excess electricity generation.
None for residential specifically
None for commercial specifically
Wyoming Companies, Contractors & Installers
With limited demand, there are only a few companies in Wyoming offering solar services.
Creative Energies operates in eight states and has been providing renewable energy services for 16 years.
Where it operatesLander, WY
Year of opening2000
Green Steps services the entire state of Wyoming to install solar and wind systems and perform energy auditing.
Where it operatesBuffalo, WY
Year of opening2009
Harmony provides solar hot water, geothermal and solar energy analysis, insulation and more.
Where it operatesLaramie, WY
Year of opening2005
Wyoming Solar Panel Resources
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