Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The Trump Administration has proposed massive budget reductions for the federal agency credited with helping to drive the expansion of solar power in the nation, but Southern California Edison is leading the United States in delivering electricity from the sun, according to a new study.

Southern California Edison delivered more solar energy to its customers last year than any other utility in the nation, according to rankings announced Wednesday by the Smart Electric Power Alliance.

SCE connected 1,648 megawatts of solar energy to the grid last year through new and expanded residential and commercial solar installations, as well as through utility power-purchase agreements.

That’s a 31 percent increase over the 1,258 megawatts SCE connected in 2015, when it also earned the alliance’s top spot for megawatt capacity, according to the Rosemead-based utility.

“California’s electricity customers have made it very clear, they want more renewable, clean energy,” said Kevin Payne, SCE’s CEO. “SCE is committed to meeting customers’ needs, as well as to meeting the state’s climate and air quality targets, so we continue to innovate and invest in our electric grid to make it all possible.”

SCE has placed among the top-10 utilities every year since 2007 when the alliance began publishing its solar rankings, which are announced at its annual Utility Conference.

SCE serves a population of about 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

The Trump Administration is hoping for a half-billion-dollar reduction for renewable energy research at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the final five months of the federal fiscal year that ends June 30.

— City News Service

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