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2011 SEPA Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings
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2011 SEPA Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings


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120% growth in the megawatts installed over 2010

2011 SEPA Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings

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The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) just released their fifth annual Utility Solar Rankings, which analyzes the amount of new solar power interconnected by U.S. electric utilities in 2011. It covers more than 240 of the most solar-active utilities representing more than 99% of the U.S. solar electric power marketplace. The research shows that utilities are adapting to solar as their fastest growing electricity source.

In 2011, utilities interconnected over 62,500 PV systems and conservative forecasts expect this number will grow to more than 150,000 interconnections in 2015. And 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 megawatts (MW-ac) of new solar, equivalent to six natural gas power plants, with commercial rooftop installations accounting for more than 53% of the capacity.

These 2011 numbers represent a 38% growth in the number of installations and a 120% growth in the megawatts installed over 2010. SEPA expects continued growth in 2012, driven by sustained price decreases and a build-out of large solar power plant contracts. Today, the most solar-active utilities are no longer theoretically talking about solar in the future – they are engaged with solar today in substantial ways. As solar markets grow, these utilities are already adapting to this rapid growth and the operational and regulatory changes that it requires, and in the process laying a path that other utilities will soon follow.


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