SEPA: Solar is nation's fastest growing generation source

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released the 2011 Utility Solar Rankings Report. According to the report, utilities are adapting to solar as their fastest growing electricity source. In 2011, utilities interconnected over 62,500 PV systems. Thirteen utilities interconnected more than 1,000 PV systems and 22 interconnected more than 500 systems.

Additionally, the report reveals that for the fourth straight year, utilities integrated a record amount of new solar power, despite the recession. The nation’s most solar active utilities integrated almost 1,500 MW of new solar, equivalent to six natural gas power plants, breaking the 1 gigawatt threshold for the first time. In addition, 15 utilities reported integrating more than 20 MW each, and eight reported more than 50 MW each.

SEPA's annual Utility Solar Rankings Report includes annual and cumulative national Top 10 rankings, as well as annual rankings by region and utility-type. The report also includes several additional Top 10 "breakout" ranking categories, including annual and cumulative largest solar projects, cumulative penetration rate (number of projects per 1,000 utility customers), and cumulative megawatts for investor-owned utility holding companies.

The entire report is available for download here.

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