Top 10 utilities by megawatts, watts-per-customer for installed solar electricity capacity

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The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) named the top 10 U.S. electric utilities that added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012. This annual ranking, which identifies the companies that are integrating solar into the nation’s power grid, is part of the sixth annual Utility Solar Rankings report. The report identifies leading solar industry trends such as total installed capacity, market share and industry growth rates.

Utilities ranking in this year’s Top 10 by Solar Megawatt accounted for 73 percent of all capacity integrated in 2012, an increase from 2011. Among the top three in the megawatt rankings are Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Southern California Edison and Public Service Electric & Gas Co. Rounding out the megawatt list are Arizona Public Service, NV Energy, Jersey Central Power & Light, Tucson Electric Power Co., Progress Energy Carolinas, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Hawaiian Electric Co. All were ranked in 2011 with the exception of Progress Energy Carolinas, which is in its first year on the list. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. tops the list for the fifth year.

“We are pleased at this significant recognition from SEPA and at the ongoing success of our efforts to help our customers enjoy the benefits of solar,” said Steve Malnight, vice president for customer energy solutions at PG&E. “We remain committed to providing our customers with energy that is clean, reliable, affordable and safe.”

The SEPA Top 10 Solar Watts-Per-Customer rankings take into account the number of customers each utility serves relative to their solar megawatts installed, giving small utilities a more competitive opportunity to measure solar energy capacity.

Leading the Solar Watts-Per-Customer rankings are many municipal utilities including the city of St. Mary’s, Ohio; Kauai Island Utility Co-op in Hawaii; and Bryan Municipal Utilities in Ohio. The Ohio utilities previously were not ranked, and Kauai moved up from No. 12 in the 2011 ratings. The remaining top 10 providers include Hawaiian Electric Co., Chickasaw Electric Co-op, Maui Electric Co., Imperial Irrigation District, Tucson Electric Power Co., city of Napoleon and Vineland Municipal Electric Utility.

“Utility companies across the nation are embracing clean energy solutions and showing their commitment to a more diverse energy portfolio improving the environment,” said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. “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, increasingly so as the price of solar power declines year over year.”

 

Watts per Customer

Utility

Annual W/Customer

City of St Mary’s/City of St Mary’s Municipal Electric System

562.7599706

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

282.0763957

Bryan Municipal Utilities

275.7669769

Hawaiian Electric Co.

219.6428571

Chickasaw Electric Cooperative

216.6861345

Maui Electric Company Ltd.

198.2851176

Imperial Irrigation District

189.9657313

Tucson Electric Power Co.

181.8217881

City of Napoleon/Napoleon Light & Power

180.0511509

Vineland Municipal Electric Utility

162.1890944

 

Megawatts (MW)

Utility

Annual Capacity (MW)

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

805.6008462

Southern California Edison

194.6111735

Public Service Electric & Gas Co.

144.5

Arizona Public Service

123.4976

NV Energy

102.3487581

JCP&L

98.072

Tucson Electric Power Co.

73.336

Progress Carolinas

69.4893

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

65.86963292

Hawaiian Electric Co.

65.19

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