SAN ANTONIO – A new report ranks San Antonio 6th in the nation for the amount of solar installed, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities. The Environment Texas Research and Policy Center report, Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution, finds that San Antonio’s 84 megawatts (MW) of installed solar energy places it among the nation’s leading solar cities, following Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, San Jose, and Honolulu.
“Solar power is booming across the country and San Antonio is at the forefront,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “San Antonio’s leadership in tapping in to this clean energy source means the sun is rising for a solar future.”
San Antonio has led solar development through its municipal utility CPS Energy, which has set high goals for solar power adoption. CPS Energy has adopted a goal of using renewable energy to meet 20 percent of its electricity demand by 2020, with at least 100 MW of energy derived from non-wind renewable sources. With this goal to drive them, CPS Energy has offered an array of solar financing options and incentives from which residents can choose, including a solar PV rebate program with tiered incentives for residential, school and commercial installations and extra funding for those customers that use local solar installers.
"This recognition demonstrates that San Antonio is making progress in becoming a leader in the New Energy Economy," commented San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
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