SEPA's mission is to support utility integration of solar to the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. We envision a future where solar represents a significant portion of the U.S. electricity portfolio while maintaining healthy and vibrant utility and solar industries. 


SEPA: Utilities should own solar inverters (7/8/14)

Rising penetrations of distributed generation (DG) solar has made it imperative for utilities to ensure that DG solar installations add value to the grid. Ownership over the inverter could make utilities more amenable to the growth of rooftop solar.  >>

Report outlines why utilities should own smart inverters, provides road map (5/28/14)

Utilities should consider owning smart inverters to manage the rapid growth of distributed solar generation, the Solar Electric Power Association said in a new report that outlines what it would take to make that happen and how companies can determine if it would be right for them.  >>

SEPA Names Top 10 Utilities to Add Solar in 2013 (4/28/14)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today named the Top 10 American electric utilities that in 2013 added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis. This annual ranking, which identifies the companies that are integrating solar into the nation’s power grid, is part of the seventh annual Utility Solar Rankings report. The full report, which will be released in June 2014, identifies leading solar industry trends such as total installed capacity, market share and industry growth rates.  >>

Sterling Example of Power of Solar (4/29/14)

Sean Hamilton of the Sterling Municipal Light Department said he first became aware of a national association's annual ranking of companies' solar watts-per-customer production while attending a conference last year.  >>

Hawaii ranks as one of the Top States in the U.S. for Solar Energy (4/28/14)

Hawaii ranks in the top 10 in the United States for solar energy with both Hawaiian Electic Co. and the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative recognized for being leaders on both the solar megawatts rankings and the solar watts-per-customer rankings, according to a new report released Monday.  >>


Exploring Microgrids with SDG&E and UC San Diego
Thursday, July 31, 2014

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Estimated duration: 1 hour  >>

Solar Power International
October 20-23, 2014

Las Vegas, NV  >>


Utility Solar Market Trends Briefing

Last year was another in a string of perpetually high-growth years for solar deployment. More than 4.2 gigawatts (GW) of new solar capacity was installed at more than 140,000 locations in the U.S., bringing total capacity to 10.5 GW at 450,000 sites (Figure 1).

Utility Solar Market Index

This Snapshot provides an overview of SEPA's 2013 Utility Solar Market Survey. This edition of the Snapshot is presented in an infographic format.

Electric Utilities, Energy Storage and Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs

As solar electricity has dropped in cost and become the fastest growing energy resource in the U.S. (with 80% of the total installed solar capacity of 10.5 GW connected to the grid in the past three years), interest in affordable, reliable electric energy storage has intensified.