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Report: San Antonio Leads in Solar Power

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San Antonio is one of nation’s leading cities for solar power, according to a new study from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. SA came in sixth based on a ranking of total installed solar PV [photovoltaic] capacity and also came in seventh among the cities with more than 50 watts of installed solar PV capacity per person. Austin was the only other Texas city named in the top 20 list.

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Screen shot via Environment Texas/Solar San Antonio

The report points to “strong action” taken by SA’s local City-owned utility—CPS Energy— to promote solar use, like its goal of using renewable energy for 20 percent of its energy demand by 2020, with at least 100 MV [medium voltage] from non-wind sources. SA is home to 1,581 solar projects, totaling 16.5 MW megawatts installed, according to Solar San Antonio.

At the end of 2012, solar power in Austin and SA accounted for more than 44 percent of all utility-supported solar power in Texas.

Overall, the U.S. has 200 times more solar power capacity than it did in 2012. But the report notes it’s just 20 cities, representing 0.1 percent of the land area of the U.S. that comprise seven percent of solar capacity. Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, San Jose and Honolulu are among the top five.

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