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San Antonio Business Journal
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Sergio Chapa

A new report ranks San Antonio in seventh place across the United States in terms of solar energy adoption, but observers say the Alamo City is poised to jump up the charts amid a massive build out.

Environment Texas and the Frontier Group released their "Shining Cities Report" on Wednesday. The report ranked Los Angeles as number one with 215 megawatts of solar capacity by the end of 2015.

With 108 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity within city limits, San Antonio currently ranks in seventh place, but the Alamo City is the middle of a solar build out and poised to rise in the charts for future editions of the report.

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger noted that San Antonio's municipally owned utility company CPS Energy draws power from solar from outside city limits.

"I'm hoping that next year, we can represent the other solar investments that municipalities have made outside city limits," Metzger said.

If CPS Energy's solar farms both inside and outside city limits are added along with the utility's rooftop solar and community solar programs, San Antonio would have a total of 500 megawatts of solar energy listed in the report, which is more than enough to eclipse the current numbers for Los Angeles.

Metzger said the political will and market force economics are present in San Antonio and Texas to add more solar power to the grid.