Why Alabama Still Lags the Rest of the Southeast on Solar

While other Southeastern states are surging ahead with solar energy, advocates say a unique combination of policy obstacles, burdensome fees, and one reluctant utility company has Alabama lagging behind.

The low numbers are the result of several regulatory issues, said Daniel Tait, CEO of nonprofit Energy Alabama.

“At the end of the day, Alabama has three things not going for it,” he said. “There are no basic conditions that most states have, like operating procedures of how to handle solar; in most areas of the state there are onerous fees; and there are terrible buybacks.”

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