Top Ten Utility Solar Rankings Report
There’s good news and bad news with this list.
The good news is that there is positive momentum. Not surprising,California has four solar heros – utilities which are really makingstrides to get solar into the generation mix. On another positive note,the Salt River Project, which was 25th on the list last year,sky-rocketed to #8 this year and Public Service Electric & GasCompany (PSE&G) out of New Jersey moved up two slots to capture the#3 spot. Clearly, these utilities have a vision for solar and have madeit a priority to drive successful integration into the grid.
The bad news is that even the largest solar utilities are stillrelatively small in scale, with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)Company leading the way with 82MW. Remember, both Spain and Germany have multiple solar farms that are 40MW each – half the total installedcapacity of the largest solar utility in the US. And even with thesefour California utilities on the list, California isn’t going to meetits goal of 20% renewable energy generation by 2010. With only 13% ofinvestor owned utility (IOU) retail sales being served by renewableresources in 2008, California will be lucky to crest 15% in 2009. Andwith energy consumption rising, it’s going to be almost impossible tomeet the 2010 goal.
What can we do about it?
• Tell your political representatives that you care about RenewablePortfolio Standards (RPS). Overwhelmingly, it is local support coupledwith strong pro-renewable regulation that drives this momentum.
• Tell your utility that you want renewables, particularly solar, tobe a bigger part of its power generation mix.
• And invest in solar for your own home or office.
Renewable energy makes a difference. And if you don’t think so, askthe folks on the Gulf Coast what our reliance on oil is costing us.
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