Austin Energy Earns Top 10 Solar Utility Award
May 3, 2018
Austin Energy was named one of a select group of utilities that connected the most solar to the grid in 2017, earning it a spot on the annual Top 10 utility industry lists compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).
In survey results released April 25, Austin Energy ranked No. 4 on the Utility Solar list, with 285.9 megawatts (MW) installed in 2017. The 11th annual survey collected figures from over 400 utilities across the country on solar, energy storage and demand response connected to the grid in 2017 and since 2007 for solar.
“The Austin City Council has consistently directed Austin Energy to be a leader among cities in the pursuit of solar energy,” said Jackie Sargent, Austin Energy General Manager. “We appreciate SEPA’s recognition, which places Austin Energy among the nation’s top utilities for solar deployment.”
Austin Energy boasts both utility scale solar and rooftop solar. In 2017, the municipally-owned utility saw a 2.5 fold increase in utility scale solar, with a total of 464 MW operational. Another 320 MW are under contract and expected to be energized by 2020, bringing Austin Energy to over 50 percent renewable once online. In addition, Austin Energy’s rooftop solar grew by 22 percent in 2017. More than 7,500 Austin Energy customers have installed solar at their home or business.
About Austin Energy’s inclusion to their Top Ten list, SEPA cited the utility’s “strong model for innovation and leadership.”
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the utility industry’s transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. The full Top 10 listings are available online at www.sepapower.org.
About Austin Energy
Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s electric utility, serves more than 475,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents in Greater Austin. The utility’s mission — to safely deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy and excellent customer service — has guided Austin Energy in powering the community and supporting the region’s growth since 1895. As a publicly owned utility, Austin Energy contributes more than $109 million annually to support important City services such as streetlights, parks, libraries and public safety. For more information about Austin Energy, visit www.austinenergy.com.