WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2001 — JEA (the municipal utility of Jacksonville, Florida), Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Soluz, Inc. are leading the way in solar electric technology use.
Each of these energy service providers, with their own distinct programs, are incorporating solar electricity into their corporate business plans. The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), a unique partnership made up of electric utilities, energy service providers and companies which produce solar electric generating equipment, announced today that these four companies will be recognized with the 2001 “Award for Solar Program Achievement.”
The awards will be presented at the 6th annual conference of the Solar Electric Power Association, UPEx’01: the Photovoltaic Experience Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Sacramento, California from September 30 through October 4.
Based in Washington, D.C., SEPA works with energy service providers to create and encourage new solar energy business partnerships. SEPA helps to establish standards for photovoltaic systems and their interconnection to the utility grid, hosts cross-industry workshops, and educates business leaders, utility executives, government officials, and the public about solar electricity. Efforts begun in 1994 by SEPA have leveraged $15 million of U.S. Department of Energy funds with $57 million of private funds to install 1100 PV systems totaling 7.25 megawatts of electricity.
SEPA’s membership includes 120 energy service providers, utilities, utility associations, photovoltaic (PV) module and component manufacturers, PV installers, integrators and distributors, government agencies, research organizations, and educational institutions. The energy service provider members represent 28 percent of all U.S. electricity customers. SEPA was formerly known as the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group.
For more information about the Solar Electric Power Association and UPEx’01, visit http://www.SolarElectricPower.org .
SEPA 2001 Awards for Solar Program Achievement
JEA, the utility of Jacksonville, Florida, is being honored with the “Award for Solar Program Achievement” in recognition of the development of a solar community. JEA has installed grid-tied solar electric (photovoltaic, or PV) systems at each of the eighteen public high schools in its service area and provided state certified curriculum and annual teacher training. JEA is currently installing photovoltaic systems at the four colleges in its service area, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Edward Waters College, and Florida Community College in Jacksonville. In addition to the solar electric installations, JEA is developing technician and city electrical inspector training, and funding the development of a clean and renewable energy laboratory. All of this lays the groundwork for a solar energy system rebate program that begins in January 2002 to stimulate residential and commercial installations of PV and solar thermal systems in JEA’s service territory.