(August 17, 2020)
San Antonio leads the way when it comes to solar capacity among cities in Texas. CPS Energy, the municipally-owned utility which provides power to residents and businesses, increased its solar capacity by 36 percent over the previous year, according to a recent report by the Environmental Texas Research Policy Center. On the national level, San Antonio came in fifth place, with Los Angeles leading the way.
CPS Energy either owned or has contracted 254.47 megawatts of solar power, which is the second-largest capacity of any publicly-owned utility in the nation. Mayor Ron Nirenberg welcomed the increase in solar power, describing it as a sign that the city is “moving in the right direction to ensure a sustainable, resilient future.” Nirenberg added, “Over the long run, the move toward solar is both environmentally and economically sound.”
The growth in solar power over the past year may appear modest in retrospect, especially if CPS Energy’s latest plans for a vast expansion of solar panels takes place on schedule. As part of a goal to obtain 50 percent of the utility’s energy from renewable sources by 2040, CPS announced in July its plan to add an additional 900 megawatts of solar generation over the next few years.