March 6, 2014
Students at Emerson Middle School in Bakersfield got to show off what they had learned thanks to a $5,000 PG&E Bright Ideas Grant. The program, which helps to increase the understanding of energy in public schools, allowed the school to buy kits to build solar-powered cars.
February 24, 2014
PG&E and its Solar Habitat program was recognized during an annual event today hosted by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), an organization whose members are CEOs of some of the world’s biggest and most influential companies. PG&E CEO and Chairman Tony Earley accepted the award in New York City.
February 20, 2014
Approximately 10 PG&E volunteers joined with solar job trainees from Grid Alternatives today to provide a Yuba City family with solar panels that will nearly eliminate their household electricity bills. The homeowners live in a Habitat for Humanity home completed in 1999.
February 14, 2014
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located in California’s Mojave Desert, was officially dedicated on Thursday. PG&E is purchasing clean, renewable energy from the plant — the largest solar thermal plant in the world.
February 6, 2014
PG&E remains one of the cleanest electric utilities in the country, based on new figures made available by The Climate Registry, a non-profit registry of greenhouse gas emissions for North America. PG&E’s carbon dioxide emissions rate was approximately 30 percent below the California average and about one-third of the national utility average in 2012.
January 28, 2014
PG&E is helping promote solar water heating by offering residential and business incentives for new solar thermal installations—mostly for supplementing traditional gas-fired water heaters, but also for new uses such as commercial space or process heating and even for solar cooling.
January 14, 2014
Students at Arroyo Grande High School use PG&E funding to purchase new solar technology for pathway classroom curriculum.
January 14, 2014
As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, California passed 3,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar production last week.
January 9, 2014
Americans are largely united behind renewable energy and clean transportation, according to a new national consumer survey by Navigant Research — especially solar and wind power, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog.
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.