Denver dubbed a “Solar Star” in report that ranks it No. 9 in solar capacity

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Denver Post
JUDITH KOHLER

A new report ranks Denver ninth for solar energy installed out of 69 cities surveyed across the country.

The report released Tuesday by Environment Colorado also said that Denver has doubled its total solar capacity since 2015. The sixth edition of the report, “Shining Cities,” said Denver had 83.4 megawatts installed citywide at the end of 2017.

Los Angeles was first with 349.3 megawatts installed.

The report puts Denver at No. 8 nationally in terms of installed solar per capita at 120.3 watts per person, earning the environmental organization’s designation of a “Solar Star.” Honolulu was first with 606.4 watts per person.

“The Mile High City is one of America’s Solar Stars, doubling our solar power over the last few years and leading the way to a clean energy future,” Kelsey Maxwell, with the Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center, said in a statement. “With tens of thousands of rooftops across the city, Denver can serve as a major source of clean energy production that will benefit everyone.”