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City-owned utilities make SEPA 'top 10' list for solar watts per customer

From the May 2, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 2, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson

Public power utilities figured prominently in the Solar Electric Power Association's annual "top 10" lists of utilities that added solar power to their systems in 2012.

The city of St. Mary's, Ohio, led the top 10 list for the number of solar watts per customer, with 563 watts. Other municipal utilities in the top 10 were Bryan Municipal Utilities in Ohio (276 solar watts per customer), the Imperial Irrigation District in California (190 watts), the city of Napoleon, Ohio (180 watts) and Vineland Municipal Electric Utility in New Jersey (162 watts).

"It is my opinion that the city of St. Mary’s should have a diverse energy portfolio embracing various technologies," said the city's mayor, Patrick McGowan. "I feel that Green Energy solutions, including solar power, offer our citizens clean and economical energy," he said. 

The others in the top 10 for solar watts per customer added in 2012 were: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii (282 watts per customer), Hawaiian Electric Co. in Hawaii (220 watts), Chickasaw Electric Cooperative in Tennessee (217), Maui Electric Co. in Hawaii (198), and Tucson Electric Power Co. in Arizona (182).

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District in California was on SEPA's list of the top 10 U.S. electric utilities that added the most new solar power to their systems in 2012. Investor-owned Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was No. 1 on that list, with 805 MW of solar power added last year. SMUD was No. 9, with 66 MW of solar power added to its grid last year.

"Utility companies across the nation are embracing clean energy solutions and showing their commitment to a more diverse energy portfolio improving the environment," said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. "We are impressed with the sheer number of new utilities that have moved into the Top 10 lists, particularly those who have never been ranked in the past and are now adopting solar as part of their energy mix."

The complete rankings can be found at


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