The Alamo City is ranked No. 7 in the United States and No. 1 in Texas for solar energy capacity, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

The rankings come on the heels of the city’s solar energy capacity growing in 2018 to 186.9 megawatts from 161 megawatts in 2017, CPS Energy said in a news release.

The achievement was celebrated Tuesday at Palm Heights Community Center, which was one of the City of San Antonio’s facilities that is participating in CPS Energy’s Solar Host program.

CPS Energy announced an additional $15 million for its solar rebate program in December 2018. Since the announcement, the company has continued to see growth in commercial and residential customers applying to participate.

“Each year we harness more and more of the enormous solar energy potential in Texas,” said Emma Pabst, clean energy associate of Environment Texas. “We still have a long way to go, but leaders like San Antonio and CPS Energy are taking the steps necessary to power more homes, schools and businesses with clean energy from the sun.” 

Utility officials said the increase speaks to interest in solar energy by CPS Energy customers.

Source: Ksat