CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 26, 2002 — The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) last week honored Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) with its “Development of a Solar Community” award.
The award, given to reflect outstanding commitment to solar energy, recognizes the company’s substantial city-wide investment in solar system installations, also known as photovoltaics (PV).
ComEd, Chicago’s largest electricity provider and a unit of Exelon Corporation, accepted the award at SEPA’s 7th Annual Photovoltaic Experience conference in Austin, Texas, which drew more than 2,300 attendees.
Each year, the SEPA Board of Directors selects organizations worthy of recognition from its international membership pool of over 120 utility providers and organizations in the energy industry.
The award-winning solar community in Chicago is a result of ComEd’s investment of $12 million in the purchase and installation of PV power systems and its vital role in the Chicago Solar Partnership, which brings together state and municipal government, labor unions and community organizations to foster the development of renewable energy throughout the city.
“ComEd is very pleased to fund and lend our expertise to this unique partnership,” said Gabriela Martin, ComEd’s manager of environmental commitments. “This effort quickly is becoming a national public and private partnership model to tackling the barriers that keep communities from using renewable energy.”
Since its inception just two years ago, the Chicago Solar Partnership has installed over 650 kilowatts (kW) of PV generation on the roofs of Chicago museums, schools, city and other public building, and is on its way to creating the nation’s largest school-based solar energy network by combining solar energy systems with solar energy curriculum in Chicago’s public schools.
The Partnership educates the community about its efforts through a training program for contractors and installers and through its website, www.chicagosolarpartnership.org, which was recognized as an “Outstanding Web site” in 2002 by the Web Marketing Association. The Web site features renewable energy educational resources and real-time data display for many of the solar electric systems operating in the city. ComEd customers interested in selling excess electricity from their PV system back to the ComEd also can obtain information on the site.
About Commonwealth Edison
Commonwealth Edison is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), one the nation’s largest electric utilities with more than $15 billion in revenues and a customer base of five million. ComEd provides service to more than 3.4 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.
About the Solar Electric Power Association
The Solar Electric Power Association is a unique organization of energy service providers, the photovoltaic industry, and photovoltaic stakeholders united in their efforts to develop new business strategies and expand the use of photovoltaic technologies.