IID ranks seventh nationally for installed solar capacity

This recognition exemplifies IID's commitment to meeting California's renewable portfolio standard

June 6, 2012

The Solar Electric Power Association has ranked Imperial Irrigation District among the top ten public utilities in the nation for installed solar capacity.

The association's 2011 Utility Solar Rankings Report details the findings of an annual survey completed by hundreds of utilities in the United States. IID earned the recognition by having integrated 4.9 megawatts of alternating current from solar generation into its system in 2011.

To date, IID's service area is home to more than 520 photovoltaic systems, producing 9.30 megawatts of alternating current, ranging from residential to large commercial projects.

"This recognition exemplifies IID's commitment to meeting California's renewable portfolio standard," said Joel Ivy, interim Energy Department manager. "IID is a committed partner in the growth and development of renewable energy within its service area and is proud to be at the forefront of public utilities adopting solar technology."

Several initiatives, including IID's Solar Solutions Program, have played an integral role in the viability of numerous solar projects throughout the IID service area. In 2011, IID provided more than $3.5 million in incentives to residential and commercial customers for solar projects. Due to the popularity of the program, funds have been exhausted for the current year; however, additional funds will be released for the 2013 program year.

For more information about IID's solar solutions rebate program, please visit www.iid.com/solar or call (760) 482-3673.

About IID:

The third largest public power provider in California, Imperial Irrigation District reliably serves energy to approximately 146,000 customers in Imperial County and parts of Riverside and San Diego counties. Controlling more than 1,000 megawatts of energy, IID's diverse portfolio includes hydro, nuclear, natural gas, coal, solar and biomass resources. The utility also offers some of the lowest energy rates in Southern California.

About SEPA:
The Solar Electric Power Association is an educational nonprofit dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios. With more than 1,000 utility and solar industry members, the association provides unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, peer-to-peer interaction and more, to help utilities make smart solar decisions.

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