Solar Installations a Bright Spot for PG&E.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company has celebrated the 25,000th net-metered solar interconnection in its northern and central California service area, representing almost half of the nation's customer-owned solar.Net energy metering allows eligible renewable customers to offset the cost of their electric usage with energy they export to the power grid. The 25,000th PG&E net-metered solar customer, David Bower, is also part of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) program. To encourage customer investment in solar, PG&E provides rebate incentives that will total $4,500 for a system that supplies 2.4 kilowatts (kW) of power to Bower's home.
"I applaud this significant solar energy milestone, which goes a long way toward helping California meet its long-term renewable energy and climate change goals," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Thousands of California homeowners are choosing to 'Go Solar' because it's good for their pocketbooks and for the environment, and they are a huge part of the reason that California continues to lead the nation in solar adoption."
Bower's solar installation is expected to produce approximately 3,700 kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity every year. This will help avoid the emission of more than 2,000 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
In 2008, the Solar Electric Power Association ranked PG&E first in the nation for solar on the customer side of the meter in both overall solar capacity and highest MW per customer. PG&E ranked second for total solar capacity, including utility owned, among all utilities in the U.S.
With the interconnection of the 25,000th net metered solar customer, PG&E said it continues its "nationwide leadership" in bringing customer-owned solar power to California, generating more than 200 megawatts of electricity -- enough electricity to power about 50,000 homes annually. PG&E solar customers represent almost 50 percent of such solar systems interconnected in the United States.
PG&E has provided more than $300 million in solar incentives to its customers through California's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) and the CSI program. Through CSI, PG&E has the potential to provide an additional $880 million in solar rebates. Since July 2007, PG&E has also contracted for over 2,500 megawatts of utility-scale solar to add to its power mix.
For more information about Pacific Gas and Electric Company and solar energy,visit www.pge.com/solar.
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