El Paso is listed among the top cities in the U.S. for solar energy.
Environment Texas Research and Policy Center just released a report called, “Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America.” The report lists El Paso at No. 18, ahead of Austin. But, the group warns the solar progress in the Borderland might be stalled by new fees for solar energy being charged by El Paso Electric.
“El Paso is leading the way to a future powered by clean, renewable energy,” said Luke Metzger, the center’s executive director. “By tapping into more of our vast solar energy potential, we can benefit from cleaner air and fight climate change.”
In 2017, El Paso was awarded the SolSmart Gold designation by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. It helps states lower barriers to installing solar energy systems.
“Distributed generation, or rooftop solar as it is more commonly known, lowers a homeowner’s utility bill and provides a measure of energy independence, as well as supporting the electric grid by lowering demand,” said El Paso State Senator José Rodríguez, (D) El Paso.
The group also said El Paso has the potential to go much further on solar. According to Google’s Project Sunroof, El Paso has 149,000 total rooftops suitable for solar, which together could generate 2,400 MW of energy.