Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative
Ranked as one of top 10 Cooperative
Solar utilities in 2010
Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative has been honored
as one of the nation’s Top 10 electric cooperative utilities in 2010, ranking seventh for watts of solar power
installed per customer among cooperative utilities. The designation came from the 2010 SEPA
Utility Solar Rankings report published annually
by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).
“We are proud to have helped our members
incorporate solar energy into their sustainable
lifestyles. I believe PSREC’s financial incentives,
straightforward application process and helpful
customer service provide the support necessary
to successfully complete these projects. We hope
to continue to improve our solar program
to better serve our members in the coming
years,” says Jessica Nelson, PSREC Manager
of Member and Energy Services.
“We congratulate PSREC for proving
itself one of the solar power leaders in the
electric utility industry,” said Julia Hamm, President and CEO
of SEPA. “PSREC has developed creative business models and
approaches that are appropriate for its environment and that
bring the benefits of solar power to its operations, its customers
and our society.”
Overall, the SEPA Utility Solar Rankings report found
remarkable growth in the addition of new solar power by
utilities in 2010, up 100 percent from the year before.
It also found that utility solar power is rapidly
expanding beyond the Southwest, into states as
diverse as Idaho, New Jersey and North Carolina.
“The trends are clear – utilities are offering
their customers more solar power in almost
every region of the country,” says Ms. Hamm.
“With the leadership of organizations like
PSREC, we expect those trends to continue.”
For its annual report, SEPA surveyed 230
investor-owned, municipal and cooperative
electric utilities and ranked them in two categories: total amount of solar power added
to their systems in 2010, and the amount
of solar power added on a per-customer-served basis.
The report contains additional details
about the total solar capacity of U.S. utilities, rankings by
regions, geographical diversity and other utility solar trends.
The full report can be found at www.sepatop10.org.
More information on the Plumas-Sierra Solar Program can
be found on page 28 or online at www.psrec.coop.
2010 SEPA Utility Solar Rankings
Annual Cooperative Utility Rankings - Solar Watts-per-Customer
’ 10 ’09
2 Kauai Island Utility Co-op (HI)
2 NR Kit Carson Electric Co-op, Inc. (NM)
3 NR Tri-State Electric Membership Corp.-TVA (GA)
4 Trico Electric Co-op , Inc. (AZ)
1 Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Co-op, Inc. (AZ)
6 NR Holy Cross Energy (CO)
7 NR Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Co-op (CA)
8 NR North Georgia Electric Membership Corp.-TVA (GA)
NR = No Rank; the
utility either did not
participate in or was
not ranked in the
9 NR Choptank Electric Co-op (MD)
10 NR Consumers Power Inc. (OR)
Source: Solar Electric
Power Association, 2010
SEPA Utility Solar