Austin Energy Earns Top 10 Solar Utility Award

June 6, 2019

Today, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) named Austin Energy as one of a select group of utilities that connected the most solar to the grid in 2018, earning it a spot on its annual Top 10 utility industry list.

In survey results released June 6, Austin Energy ranked No. 7 nationally on the utility solar list, with 192.9 megawatts (MW) installed in 2018.

The 12th Annual Utility Market Survey collected figures from over 500 utilities across the country on solar connected to the grid in 2018.

“Austin Energy is thrilled to be recognized by SEPA, once again, for our efforts to move toward more renewable energy sources,” said Jackie Sargent, Austin Energy General Manager. “Currently, about 39 percent of our customers’ energy needs are offset with renewable resources as we continue to reduce our carbon footprint. We are on track to achieve our goal to offset customer energy consumption with 65 percent renewable energy by the end of 2027.”

In 2018, more than 1,400 Austin Energy customers installed solar at their homes or businesses, with support from the utility’s solar incentive program. Together, these rooftop solar projects totaled 11.8 MW of solar capacity, or over 40,000 solar panels. The utility also significantly expanded its community solar program with the completion of La Loma Community Solar farm in East Austin, providing 100 percent local solar to 440 participating customers, including 220 low-income households. Finally, in late 2018, the Midway Solar project in Pecos County came online under a 25 year power purchase agreement with Austin Energy. The 178.5 MW utility-scale project is the largest in Texas, and provides enough energy to power 50,000 homes.

This time-lapse map illustrates solar adoption in Austin Energy’s service territory from the beginning of Austin Energy’s Solar Incentive Program in 2004 to March of 2019.

“The utilities in the Top 10 are truly spearheading the progress we’ve seen in the electric sector this past year,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA’s President and CEO. “It goes beyond just solar - they are implementing replicable business models and paving the way to a clean and modern energy future, something that won’t be possible without utilities’ leadership and cooperation.”

The full Top 10 listings are available online at To learn more about the Solar Top 10 Rankings, please contact Jordan Nachbar, or 202-559-2034.

About SEPA
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the electric power industry’s smart transition to a clean and modern energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events, advisory services, and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International (now North American Smart Energy Week) and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit

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