Denver cracks the top 10 for cities generating solar power, new report says

Author: Joey Bunch - April 10, 2018 - Updated: April 23, 2018

solarGarrett Garner-Wells, director, Environment Colorado, talks with, from left, Anne-Worley Moelter, CEO and founder of Movement Climbing + Fitness; and Alana Miller, communications director of the Frontier Group near the solar panels atop Movement Climbing + Fitness in Denver’s Baker neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Environment Colorado)

Denver ranks ninth among cities in the country for generating solar power, according to an annual report from the Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center.

Each year, the organization ranks nearly 70 major cities by megawatts of solar energy

The top 10 were:

  1. Los Angeles
  2. San Diego
  3. Honolulu
  4. Phoenix
  5. San Jose
  6. San Antonio
  7. New York City
  8. Indianapolis
  9. Denver
  10. Las Vegas

The cities are ranked by those that have the most solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed.

“Cities like Denver are leading the way to a future powered by clean, renewable energy,” Garrett Garner-Wells, director of Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center, said in a statement. “By tapping into more of our vast solar energy potential, we can benefit from cleaner air and fight climate change.”

Last year, Denver ranked 12th.

While Denver ranked ninth at the end of the 2017, when the measurement was taken for the latest report, it has since increased its share of electricity from renewable sources, Environment Colorado noted.

“As a business owner, I’m focused on helping folks live healthier lives,” Anne-Worley Moelter, CEO and founder of Movement Climbing + Fitness, said in a statement provided by Environment Colorado.

“Solar is an integral part of our operations because it promotes cleaner, healthier air throughout our community.”

Movement Climbing + Fitness has solar panels atop its business in Denver’s Baker neighborhood, as well as the flagship facility that opened in Boulder in 2009.

The report, “Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America,” found that while the top 20 cities made up about one-tenth of 1 percent of the country’s land mass, they generated represent 4 percent of U.S. solar capacity.

“We are in a moment when progress on renewable energy will come from cities across the country,” Garner-Wells continued. “More local leaders should step up and start plugging their communities into the clean and virtually limitless power of the sun.”

To read the report, click here.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.