Although West Virginia leads the nation in underground coal production (coal is found in 53 of West Virginia’s 55 counties) and 99% of the state’s electricity is derived from coal, the state is a good candidate for solar electricity.
With 4.6 average daily peak sun-hours, West Virginia had an estimated 1.7 MW of PV capacity in 2012.
The 2012 edition of Freeing the Grid—a report produced by Interstate Renewable Energy Council and Vote Solar Initiative—grades all states on the effectiveness of their net-metering and interconnection practices in promoting rooftop solar and small-scale renewable energy. West Virginia earned an “A” for net metering, which is available to residential consumers with systems rated up to 25 kW. Net excess generation is credited to a customer’s next bill at the retail rate with no annual true-up (perpetual rollover). The state also earned a “B” for interconnection policies.