published on June 13, 2018 - 10:36 AM
Written by Edward Smith

Fresno was recognized by the Environment California Research & Policy Center as being a top city for solar power in the nation.

“Competing with the nation’s biggest cities, Fresno ranks as a strong solar power leader,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy and transportation program director for the center. “By tapping into more of our vast energy potential, we can benefit from healthier air and fight climate change.”

The report from the center, “Shining Cities 2018,” which came out in April, found that the city of Fresno had 343 watts of solar photovoltaic capacity installed per resident. That rate puts Fresno higher than any other city in the continental United States, and behind Honolulu, which has 606 watts per person.

Fresno City Council President Esmeralda Soria will hold a conference today to celebrate the recognition.

“This is a time to recognize the accomplishments of our city’s cumulative efforts in conversion to renewable power options,” Soria said.

The center cited the streamlined and standardized permitting process for the city’s ability to get solar installed.

The conference will take place at Central High School-East at 1:15 pm.

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