October 15, 2013
Nine citites along the East Bay’s “Green Corridor” launched a standardized permitting process for the most common photovoltaic systems for single-family homes. As Jonathan Marshall says in his NEXT100 blog, this initiative will dramatically reduce the wait time for basic solar permits.
October 7, 2013
In Oakland, PG&E volunteers joined former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the kickoff of a Habitat for Humanity coast-to-coast build, a yearly work project that spans the globe to provide quality housing for those in need.
September 26, 2013
Solar thermal trails photovoltaics in the race to be the top solar technology, but a project in the Mojave Desert could be the start of a comeback. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the Ivanpah project that uses more than 170,000 mirrors to track the sun, has been connected to the grid for the first time. PG&E customers will get some of this clean power.
September 24, 2013
California installed more than 521 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from April through June of this year, a quarterly record for any state and 53 percent of all new PV added in the United States for that period. And, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, every major California solar project mentioned in a news release is now selling power to PG&E and its customers under long-term contracts.
August 22, 2013
California held onto its No. 1 spot in Ernst & Young’s “United States renewable energy attractiveness indices” for 2012. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the state ranked first in all renewables, solar and geothermal, and second in biomass and “infrastructure” (a measure of grid connectivity and state mandates for renewable energy).
July 17, 2013
Students toured a solar plant and learned about careers in the energy industry at a recent PG&E-sponsored event in the Barstow-Hinkley area.
July 11, 2013
The nation’s largest solar program continues to shine brightly in California, with PG&E leading the way for both residential and commercial customer rooftop solar installations. The CPUC issued its annual progress report on the California Solar Initiative program on Wednesday.
July 9, 2013
PG&E and the nonprofit GRID Alternatives are hosting a job fair to help people find work in the booming solar industry.
June 25, 2013
Nearly 70 volunteers added new sports facilities, picnic tables and trees in a day of service to celebrate completion of nearby solar facility.
June 19, 2013
A crowd of construction workers, community members and PG&E representatives gathered in Fresno County to celebrate completion of a three-year, 150-megawatt solar photovoltaic program that will generate enough power for about 45,000 homes. On a perfectly sunny day and against a backdrop of 94,000 solar panels, PG&E’s Randy Livingston said: “Today is a great day to generate solar power.”
June 12, 2013
PG&E wants to continue to see sustainable growth in the solar market but the utility believes it’s time to reduce or eliminate the subsidies provided by customers who don’t have solar to those who do. That was the message from PG&E President Chris Johns on Tuesday at a forum at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention in San Francisco.
May 15, 2013
Fifth-graders at Millie Munsey Elementary School in Bakersfield got the chance to show just how well the pint-sized solar cars they had so carefully built could perform. The school received a $5,000 PG&E Bright Ideas grant late last year to purchase the solar car kits and materials used as a part of a fifth-grade project to study solar energy
May 8, 2013
Most of the statewide grid, including Northern California, will have an adequate supply of electricity this summer, according to the state’s grid operator. The California Independent System Operation Corporation (ISO) released its annual Summer Assessment on May 6.
April 26, 2013
Twenty PG&E volunteers – both local employees and some from as far away as San Francisco – completed a two-day installation project of a solar system on a rooftop in Chico today.
April 18, 2013
PG&E, working closely with its customers and developers, connected 805 megawatts 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 as the electric utility that led the nation in the amount of solar added in 2012.