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Report: Oklahoma falls short on solar power potential

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Oklahoma's got a lot of sunshine, ranking as one of the top states with sunny skies in the U.S.A.

But a lot of that sunshine isn't being put to good use. Oklahoma actually fell to the bottom of the latest rankings when it comes to turning that sunshine into power.

First reported by the Journal Record, Oklahoma ranks 43rd in a new study from the Solar Energy Industries Association. Oklahoma is at the bottom of the rankings when it comes to turning sunshine into solar power.

That's a drastic change from the state's rank of 31 last year.

Texas, on the other hand, comes in second.

Oklahoma also got a failing grade from the clean energy advocacy group Solar Power Rocks, but the organization says Oklahoma has a lot of potential to increase sun-powered energy.

The State Department of Commerce estimates that once the industry matures, nearly 45 percent of all electricity in Oklahoma could be solar-powered. Currently that figure is about 25 percent.

Oklahoma has made big strides in improving wind energy, and experts believe solar power isn't too far behind.

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