PG&E, working closely with its customers and developers, connected 805 megawatts (MW) of new solar electric power generation to the energy grid last year, a milestone that earned the company top honors from the Solar Energy Power Association (SEPA) as the electric utility that led the nation in the amount of solar added in 2012.
This marks the fifth year in a row that PG&E has been recognized by SEPA as the No. 1 ranked utility in new solar installations.
“We are pleased at this significant recognition from SEPA and at the ongoing success of our efforts to help our customers enjoy the benefits of solar,” said Steve Malnight, PG&E’s vice president for customer energy solutions. “We remain committed to delivering clean, reliable, affordable and safe energy to all of our customers.”
PG&E serves more than 5 million electric customers in Northern and Central California. The utility supplies some of the cleanest energy in the United States, with nearly 60 percent coming from sources that are renewable or emit no greenhouse gases. Solar will play an expanding role as PG&E continues to increase its renewable energy portfolio.
“We are pleased that PG&E maintained its leadership position in solar installations,” said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. “In 2012, new installations from our Top 10 list resulted in almost 1,500 megawatts of additional new solar connected to the grid, a doubling in new solar capacity from two years ago.”
PG&E helped more than 17,500 customers connect 187 MW of solar at their homes and businesses in 2012, bringing the total number of customer solar installations to more than 80,000. It also connected 618 MW of new large solar projects for the benefit of all customers.
SEPA is an educational non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios.