By Kelsey Misbrener, Solar Power World
Fifty top American cities have each more than doubled their total installed solar PV capacity since 2013, a new study released by Environment America Research & Policy Center found. The report, “Shining Cities 2020: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy,” is the seventh annual edition of the most comprehensive survey of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in major U.S. cities.
This year’s survey, which analyzed data through December 2019, found that cities are increasingly turning to solar to meet their energy needs. In 2013, the first year of the study, eight of the cities surveyed had enough solar PV per capita to qualify as “Solar Stars” — (cities with 50 or more watts of solar PV capacity installed per capita). In 2019, that number jumped to 26 cities. Read more here.
Environment America News Release: Environment America Research & Policy Center releases new comprehensive study on solar capacity in major U.S. cities
See Appendix A of the report for each of the 70 cities’ total solar PV rankings. Omaha, ranked 66th, is the only Nebraska city included in the survey.
Appendix B includes data sources:
Omaha Public Power District provided Environment America with the total capacity of solar PV systems tied to their grid within Omaha city limits as of December 31, 2019.
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More and more people are showing interest in generating their own electricity through solar panels, wind turbines, or other sources. Omaha Public Power District now has a new and improved process to help them get started. We’ve implemented a streamlined online application system, as well as resources for those considering Customer-Owned Generation, at www.oppd.com/COG. OPPD currently has 192 customers who generate their own solar energy and 22 customers who generate their own wind energy.