SEPA’s press releases provide information about the latest news from within the organization. Check back here to find out where utilities rank in our annual Utility Solar Rankings Survey, what to expect from an upcoming conference or event, or what SEPA President & CEO Julia Hamm has to say about significant news stories in the utility solar arena.

SEPA Honors David Bissell as Utility CEO of the Year

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), an educational non-profit focused on helping utilities integrate solar electric power into their energy portfolios, today announced that David Bissell, CEO of Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), has been named Utility CEO of the Year in SEPA’s 2013 Utility Awards Program. >>

SEPA Awards Honor Leadership in Customer Programs and Innovative Business Models for Solar Electric Power

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), an educational non-profit focused on helping utilities integrate solar electric power into their energy portfolios, today announced the winners of its 2013 Utility Awards Program. This year’s honorees – Green Mountain Power (GMP), Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) and Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) – were selected for their leadership in customer programs and innovative business models that advance the use of solar. >>

SEPA Welcomes New Board Members

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced today the election of seven new members to its Board of Directors and the re-election of two members to additional terms. >>

SEPA Comments on Utility Investments in Distributed Solar Companies

Washington,D.C. – This week, two utility holding companies' plans for significant investments in distributed solar companies were announced. >>

SEPA Report Reveals Annual Solar Capacity Surpassed 2 GW for First Time in 2012

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today released the full 2012 Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings Report, which ranks utilities nationally and by utility type for more than 260 of the most solar-active utilities, representing 96 percent of the U.S. solar electric power market. >>

SEPA Shines Honors on Utilities for Use of Solar Power

Washington, D.C., April 16, 2013 – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today named the Top 10 American electric utilities that have added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012... >>

Julia Hamm Comments on Georgia Power's Launch of its Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI)

Washington, D.C. – On March 1, 2013, Georgia Power launched its Advanced Solar Initiative to grow solar resources in the state by opening the application process for distributed solar generation... >>

Statement from Julia Hamm Regarding Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative

Washington, D.C. – Today, Georgia Power filed a new solar initiative -- the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (“GPASI”) -- with the Georgia Public Service Commission. Through GPASI... >>

SEPA Welcomes New Board Members

Washington, D.C. - The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced today the selection of five new members to its Board of Directors and the reappointment of four members to serve an additional term. 
 SEPA welcomes newly elected Board members Holly Gordon of Sunrun, Jurgen Krehnke of SMA Solar Technology AG, Lori Singleton of Salt River Project, and newly appointed Board members Cris Eugster of CPS Energy and Matt Ferguson of Reznick Group. 
SEPA is also pleased to welcome back four returning members to the Board of Directors. The SEPA membership re-elected Jon Bertolino of Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Matt Cheney of CleanPath Ventures LLC, Alex Kim of San Diego Gas & Electric and Jennifer Szaro of Orlando Utilities Commission. >>

SEPA Names CPS Energy’s Doyle Beneby Utility CEO of the Year

Washington, D.C. - The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today named CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby its 2012 Utility CEO of the Year for his leadership in integrating solar power into the company’s energy portfolio. >>

SEPA President Commends Georgia Power and Solar Design & Development Collaboration on Utility-scale Solar Projects

Washington, D.C. - The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) President and CEO Julia Hamm today praised the collaboration between Georgia Power and Atlanta-based Solar Design & Development to develop and install a series of solar projects that will produce 19 megawatts (MW) of solar power throughout the state. Once complete, Georgia Power’s first retail utility-scale solar power development will more than double Georgia’s solar production. >>

SEPA Announces 2012 Public Power Utility of the Year

Seattle, Wash. – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has named Austin Energy the 2012 Public Power Utility of the Year. The award was presented in conjunction with the American Public Power Association’s National Conference in Seattle, Washington.

 “SEPA is proud to name Austin Energy as its 2012 Public Power Utility of the Year,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA President and CEO. “Through a number of innovative measures and business actions over the past year, Austin Energy has made substantial and award-worthy advancements in the delivery of clean, affordable solar energy to its customers.” >>

SEPA Names TRICO 2012 Electric Cooperative of the Year

Washington, D.C. - The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has named Arizona’s Trico Electric Cooperative the 2012 Electric Cooperative of the Year. “Trico recognizes that the member owners of electric cooperatives have evolving needs and expectations,” said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. “Keeping today’s rates low remains a priority, but home and business owners have a growing interest in solar energy options that will protect them from electricity price volatility in the future.  SEPA is pleased to recognize Trico both for its long standing commitment to solar energy but also its recent progress in developing programs that allow all of its customers to take advantage of the benefits solar energy has to offer.” >>

SEPA Announces 2012 Investor Owned Utility of the Year Award

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) named Tucson Electric Power (TEP) the 2012 Investor Owned Utility of the Year. The award was presented in conjunction with the Edison Electric Institute Annual Convention in Orlando, FL. >>

SEPA Responds to Chinese Solar Group Using SEPA Acronym

Recently, representatives of the Chinese solar industry formed a new alliance and named it "the Solar Energy Promotion Alliance" in response to the U.S. preliminary ruling of levying anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese photovoltaic exporters. Unfortunately, the alliance is using the acronym - SEPA - which is the acronym that we at the Solar Electric Power Association have been using since 2000. >>

Full 2011 Utility Solar Rankings Report Now Available

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) released the full 2011 Utility Solar Rankings Report. The full report ranks utilities nationally, by region and by utility type and is available at no cost. Among the many findings, the report showed that in 2011, utilities interconnected more >>

SEPA Board of Directors Elects New Officers

Washington, D.C. – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) Board of Directors recently held elections for two of its three officer positions. Ervan Hancock, Manager of Renewable and Green Strategies for Georgia Power, was elected to the position of Vice Chairman. Matthew Cheney, CEO of CleanPath Ventures, was elected as Treasurer. David Rubin, Director of Service Analysis for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, continues in his role as Chairman. >>

SEPA Announces Member Discount for PowerClerk Online Solar Incentive Program Management Tool

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced the PowerClerk® Discount Program, which provides the organization’s members with a substantial discount on a unique online incentive program management tool for renewable energy programs. To date, more than 130,000 PV incentive applications representing 2.5 GW of solar capacity have been processed through PowerClerk.  >>

President Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at Solar Power International 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today announced that President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at Solar Power International (SPI) 2012 on September 12 in Orlando, Fla. SPI is the premier global solar energy conference and expo, designed to serve and advance the solar power industry. Taking place September 10 - 13 at the Orange County Convention Center, the show features over 1,200 exhibitors and more than 24,000 attendees from 128 countries. >>

SEPA Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Helping Utilities Integrate Solar Power

Washington, D.C. – 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). During that time, solar energy has advanced from a niche resource with limited applications to a significant energy source for electric utilities and their customers across the U.S. 

In 1992, a new organization was formed to accelerate the use of photovoltaic (PV) power. The founders of SEPA, which was then called the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (UPVG), consisted of 13 electric utilities, the Edison Electric Institute, the American Public Power Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Electric Power Research Institute. >>

SEPA Welcomes New Vice President of Utility Strategy

Washington, D.C. – The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is proud to announce and welcome Eran Mahrer into the newly created position of Vice President, Utility Strategy. In this role, Mr. Mahrer will lead SEPA’s efforts in engaging utilities to develop best-in-class solar strategies and practices. He will work closely with utility leaders, regulators, developers and other key stakeholders to position solar energy as a core resource for utilities. >>

Municipal Utilities Boost Local Economies with Solar Energy

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday the City Council of Palo Alto, California approved the Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program, a program developed by the city’s municipal utility that will expand the use of solar energy within its service territory. The approval of the Palo Alto CLEAN Program, also known as a feed-in tariff, highlights the trend towards use of innovative program models by municipal utilities across the country as solar energy becomes more cost competitive and in greater demand by customers. >>

CleanTECH San Diego and the Solar Electric Power Association Present the San Diego Solar Energy Symposium

SAN DIEGO – March 1, 2012 – In an effort to continue the San Diego region’s rapid deployment of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar power installations, CleanTECH San Diego and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) are co-hosting the San Diego Solar Energy Symposium on March 6 at the University of San Diego (USD). The symposium will feature a number of distinguished guests from the solar industry to discuss the future of solar power in San Diego. “No matter how much has been done, we’ve only just tapped into the full potential of rooftop solar solutions and mass adoption,” said Jim Waring, President and Chief Executive Officer of CleanTECH San Diego. “The lessons learned are the platform from which the region can grow to reach its full solar energy potential.” >>